Since 1980, Robert Israel has applied his skills as a versatile writer, editor, content manager and media strategist in the areas of medical affairs, biotechnology, technology, and arts, cultural and business reporting.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, he received his B.A. in English from Roger Williams University. He received his master's degree in English from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.
As a journalist, he served as editor of The Jewish Advocate newspaper in Boston from 1990-1993. He has been the recipient of several journalism fellowships, including the Hibakusha Travel Grant to Japan where he reported on the lives of the hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors. He has also reported from Europe, the Middle East, and India. His feature articles and news reports have appeared in Montreal Gazette, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, Boston Globe, Edge publications, Boston magazine, and in many medical, business, and technology publications. A book of his reportage, Another Country Heard From, will be published in 2012.
In the medical communications field, he has worked for the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Lahey Clinic, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He wrote a series of articles in 2004 for Mass. General's Sports Medicine division for publication in New England Patriots Football Weekly. He has also worked as a communications specialist at Boston Medical Center and as a web content writer/developer for Lifespan, a group of five hospitals in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.