Linda Villarosa


Linda Villarosa is a journalist, author, editor, novelist and educator.

She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where she covers race, inequality and health. Most recently she covered the toll COVID-19 has taken on black communities in America and the environmental justice movement in Philadelphia.

Villarosa has won awards from organizations including The American Medical Writers’ Association, The Arthur Ashe Institute, Lincoln University, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists’ Association and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

She is the author or co-author of three books, including Body & Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical HealthEmotional Well-Being and the novel Passing for Black.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, she also spent a year at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a journalism fellow. She went back to school several years ago and graduated with a master’s degree in urban journalism/digital storytelling in 2013 from CUNY's Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. 

She teaches reporting, writing and Black Studies at The City College of New York in Harlem.