Andrew Jacobs, a reporter with the Health and Science desk of The Times based in New York, previously reported from Beijing and Brazil. He also worked as a Metro reporter, with stints at the Style section and the National desk, covering the American South. His reporting for The Times has included such varied topics as the presidential campaign, the aftermath of the earthquake in China and the lead up to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Before coming to The Times, Mr. Jacobs spent a year teaching English in China, another year traveling around Asia and several years working odd jobs, including stints as an architectural preservationist, an English teacher and the sole reporter for such esteemed weekly newspapers as The Villager and the Brooklyn Phoenix (now extinct). He was briefly employed as press secretary for New York City Council candidate Tom Duane, now a state senator. He later edited such New York City weeklies as Our Town, Manhattan Spirit and The Chelsea-Clinton News. A frustrated linguist, Mr. Jacobs speaks Mandarin, French, Spanish and diminishing amounts of Japanese, Portuguese and Italian. His other passions include gentleman farming and landscaping design (activities which take place on a 135-acre farm in the Catskills).
Mr. Jacobs is a 2011 Gerald Loeb Award finalist in the category of Breaking News for his work with Miguel Helft, John Markoff, Keith Bradsher, David Barboza, David E. Sanger and Brad Stone on “Google in China.”
A native of New Jersey, Mr. Jacobs graduated in 1984 from New York University, where he majored in architectural history and urban design.