June 8-10: Announcing the 2017 Age Boom Academy Speakers and Fellows

Age Boom Academy 2017 

Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism host the 2017 Age Boom Academy: Exploring Inequities in Health, Work and Retirement from June 8 to 10, 2017.

A selective process identified Fellows who now come together with researchers for an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop to learn how to effectively translate science into accessible reporting on the complex issues of inequities in health and work in older age.  During the Academy, journalist Fellows learn by interviewing assembled scientists and experts, participate in story clinics led by researchers and senior journalists, have their stories critiqued by researchers, and meet potential sources. Simultaneously, researchers learn how to communicate more effectively with journalists.

By the end of the Academy, Fellows will have the latest research concerning aging, health, and working longer. Some of the questions that will be answered are: Is there a relationship between health and how long you work? How does this relationship change for people with different backgrounds or different jobs?  How does retirement affect cognitive and physical health?  Does this relationship change based on education, socioeconomic status, and civic engagement? What is the relationship between the kind of work you do, health, and how long you work?

The Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

2017 Age Boom Academy Speakers:

Axel Börsch-Supan, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging

Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution

Kathleen Christensen, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Courtney Coile, Wellesley College

Jürgen Deller, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Ruth Finkelstein, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Michael Giandrea, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Guillermo Ernest Gonzales, Boston University

Michael Hurd, RAND

Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center

Susann Rohwedder, RAND

Ursula M. Staudinger, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Robert Willis, University of Michigan


Rich Eisenberg

Managing Editor

PBS Next Avenue


Chris Farrell

Senior Economics Contributor



Kerry Hannon

Freelance Journalist

New York Times, AARP


Carol Hymowtiz




Congratulations to our 2017 Age Boom Academy Fellows:

Eileen Ambrose

Senior Editor, Money Team

AARP publications


Sandra  Block

Senior Associate Editor

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance


Francisco Castro

Metro Editor

La Opinion Newspaper

Janet Cho

Business Reporter

The Plain Dealer


Lois M Collins

Reporter and Columnist

Deseret News


Lisa Gillespie

Health Care and Science Reporter

WFPL, Louisville’s NPR station


Peter Gosselin




Gretchen Grosky


Union Leader


Ruxandra Guidi

Freelance Journalist/Producer

Fonografia Collective (freelance): KCRW Public Radio, The World, Virginia Quarterly Review, High Country News


Emily Gurnon

Senior Editor, Health and Caregiving

PBS Next Avenue


Maria Ines Zamudio

AP NORC Fellow

Associated Press


Ina Jaffe




Katie Johnston


Boston Globe


Adrian Ma

Associate Producer

WNYC, Marketplace


Daniel Marans


The Huffington Post


Sonia Narang

Multimedia Journalist

PRI’s The World and News Deeply


Aimee Picchi

Business Journalist

CBS MoneyWatch, Consumer Reports


Joseph  Pisani

Business Journalist

Associated Press


Rachel Silverman

HR & Benefits Reporter

Freelance, Wall Street Journal


Ruth Simon

Senior Special Writer

The Wall Street Journal


Jenn Smith

Community Engagement Editor and Staff Reporter

The Berkshire Eagle/New England Newspapers Inc.


Ben Steverman

Finance reporter




For more information please contact Caitie Adams at ca2700@columbia.edu.