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Wolfson was born and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey and Manhattan, New York. He attended the Frisch School, and is listed amongst its notable alumni, and studied rhetoric and creative writing at the University of California at Berkeley.
Wolfson began his career as a Senior Editor at Newsweek, where he covered science, health, technology and culture. He's contributed to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America,Vice, and the Huffington Post, and has appeared on MSNBC, BBC World News, NPR and other media outlets.
In 2013, Wolfson was awarded a Langeloth Health Journalism Fellows by the John Jay College Center on Media, Crime, and Justice. In 2015, he was awarded an International Reporting Project Fellowship, and covered the Nepal Earthquake of 2015 from the ground. In 2015, Wolfson was also awarded the Metcalf Institute Fellowship and the 2015 Population Institute Global Media Award for his reporting on the relationship between climate change and access to family planning in developing countries.
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