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 person holding headphones
 Science and Health

Experts Warn Of Hearing Loss Due To Unsafe Listening Practices

A researcher wears the exoskeleton.

'Robot Shoes' Could Help Humans Walk As We Age

A sign stands outside Seattle Children's Hospital
Elaine Thompson / APScience and Health

Rural Hospitals Face Unique RSV, Flu Challenges

Voters cast ballots.
Quad City Times / APScience and Health

Experts Share Tips On Dealing With Election-Related Stress

A doctor works on a patient.
NewsyScience and Health

How Children's Hospitals Are Handling The RSV Surge

The condom display at Chimes pharmacy in Berkeley, Calif
Liz Hafalia / APScience and Health

Why Are Sexually Transmitted Infections On The Rise?

Researchers look at parts of a brain.
NewsyScience and Health

Texas Brain Bank Highlights Hispanic Representation In Mental Research

Medical staff sit with a child in a hospital.
San Francisco Chronicle / APScience and Health

What Parents Need To Know As RSV Cases Surge

Dad sleeping and his son
NewsyScience and Health

Getting Less Than Five Hours Of Sleep Raises Risk Of Chronic Diseases

Dallas Cowboys fans hold signs supporting cancer awareness before the first half of a NFL football game
Ron Jenkins / APScience and Health

Why Are Cancer Rates Rising For Those Under 50?

A person holding a candle
 Science and Health

Is COVID Why Some People Can't Smell Candles?

A man sits with his head in his hands.
 Science and Health

Americans Have A Concerning Amount Of Stress, Report Finds

A shopper passes a sign urging people to get a flu shot outside a Hy-Vee grocery store in Sioux City
David Zalubowski / APScience and Health

A New Study Shows There Are Racial Disparities In Flu Hospitalizations

A nurse fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site
Mary Altaffer / APScience and Health

Experts Warn Of Possible COVID Wave As Subvariant List Grows

Brain scans
NewsyScience and Health

New Study: 5% Of COVID Patients Suffer From Long Haul Symptoms

Ella McField talks during an appointment with Dr. Janice Bacon, a primary care physician at Central Mississippi Health
Rogelio V. Solis / APScience and Health

Forehead Thermometers Miss Some Fevers In Black Patients

Ballistic tests on bullets

How Ballistic Tests Are Helping Find A Serial Killer In California

Andrew Kuzyk and Pamela Andersen sit at their yard sale

Patients, Loved Ones Struggle To Pay Rising Health Care Costs

Workers address flood damage
Rebecca Blackwell / APScience and Health

How The Aftermath Of Natural Disasters Affects Mental Health

Robert Rioux removes a waterlogged bathroom counter already showing signs of mold from his home
Marta Lavandier / APScience and Health

Hurricane Ian Will Present Many Health Concerns For Floridians

Aqua fences in front of the hospital
NewsyScience and Health

Hurricane Ian Impacting Hospitals And Health Care In Florida

Catherine Renar and her boxing instructor
NewsyScience and Health

Understanding Mood’s Role In Mental Health

Twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker Chloé Valentine Toscano
NewsyScience and Health

How Disability Misunderstandings And Stigma Impact Mental Well-Being

Woman animation
NewsyScience and Health

Why Do Some People Live So Long?

A doctor looking at scans of a patient's brain
NewsyScience and Health

Doctors Are Still Hunting For The Cause Of Long COVID Brain Fog

Michelle Hammer and her mom
NewsyScience and Health

How One Woman Describes Living With Schizophrenia

A child with asthma is shown.
 Science and Health

Asthma Cases Are Getting More Severe In The U.S.

A doctor shows a Naltraxone implant.
NewsyScience and Health

Researchers Developing Implant To Fight Alcohol, Opioid Addiction

A syringe is prepared with a COVID-19 vaccine
Matt Rourke / APScience and Health

Updated Omicron Booster Shots Are Now Available For Americans

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, gestures to a poster about changes in life expectancy
Caroline Brehman / APScience and Health

Why Does U.S. Life Expectancy Rank Poorly?