Lindsey Theis

Lindsey Theis

Lindsey Theis

Health and Wellness Reporter

Lindsey Theis (which rhymes with "peace") is an award-winning storyteller who joined Scripps News in 2018 with a focus on health and science. During 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic became the health story that's demanded constant reporting, but Lindsey's also covered groundbreaking treatments, on the ground impacts of natural disasters like wildfires and floods, and problems and solutions related to various mental health topics.  She believes in telling stories that make the science aspect simple to communicate, and the health aspect focused on what matters to patients. Outside of news, Lindsey's a novice watercolor painter and comedy nerd; she performs and teaches improv comedy and helps run a comedy nonprofit she co-founded. Lindsey is based in San Francisco, California. 

Recent Work
A vial of a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

CDC warns of 'imported' measles as US deals with cases

Long husk of fibers from sisal

Researchers at Stanford are creating sustainable menstrual pads

An image of a peanut

FDA expands use of asthma drug Xolair to treat severe food allergies

COVID-19 vaccination site

CDC: COVID and flu cases remain high even past peak season

Craig Merritt

2,470 Black transplant patients get new kidney after medical redress

Tackle during an NFL game

How the NFL is working to prevent concussions and protect players

Britain's King Charles III

King Charles III receiving outpatient treatment for undisclosed cancer

Edie Ceccarelli

California woman, world's 2nd-oldest, celebrates her 116th birthday

Representatives from cancer charities display placards

WHO predicts cancer cases will rise 77% by 2050

Wastewater from a plant in San Francisco.

Health officials turn to wastewater monitoring to track opioid trends

Disposable electronic flavored cigarette devices

More than 480,000 Americans die each year from tobacco use

Hydrogel version of an injectable drug.

Hydrogel could be the future of popular diabetes and weight-loss drugs

A chest x-ray.

Overall COVID and flu cases slowing, JN.1 variant spreading quickly

People protest during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine addressing long COVID

Long COVID patients testify on Capitol Hill for more support

Pregnant woman looking at vitamins

Report shows misrepresentation on labels for prenatal vitamins

A hologram of lungs.

American Lung Assoc. seeks millennials for groundbreaking lung study

A woman blowing her nose

29,000 hospitalized with COVID-19 the week before Christmas

A doctor performs a surgery.

Medical breakthroughs and trends you'll hear about in 2024

Woman with medical mask and vaccine needle.

New COVID-19 variant represents a significant number of new infections

A passenger sits in an airline seat

How to lower your blood clot risk while traveling this holiday season

Rose Luptowski sits wearing a VR headset.

Therapists use VR to help older adults recover from falls, memory loss

Medical breakthroughs of 2023

Scripps News Special Report: The Medical Breakthroughs of 2023


Breakthrough sickle cell treatments come with health risks

Melvin Antilla talking to his robot ElliQ.

Robots help provide companionship, health benefits to aging Americans

Chest x-ray

Concerns growing over increase in childhood respiratory illnesses

Patty Jowett on the robotic machine

Researchers at Syracuse help those who suffered strokes walk again

A woman attaches a condom on the board during an AIDS awareness campaign

35 years ago, World AIDS Day was created to raise awareness

Chantal Bevard Rivera's father.

CDC report reveals suicide rates have increased in older Americans

Bioprint machine

Scientists work to 3D bioprint a human heart in 5 years

Acupuncturist Ania Grimone places needles in one of her regular patients.

Acupuncture may enhance post-surgery outcomes in cardiac patients