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
Pfizer shows vials of the company's updated COVID-19 vaccine during production in Kalamazoo
APScience and Health

The FDA Has Authorized New Omicron Booster Shots

Food pyramid
NewsyScience and Health

What Makes Nutrition Advice Confusing?

A physician's assistant discusses the monkeypox vaccine.
Mary Altaffer / APScience and Health

White House Sends Extra Monkeypox Vaccines Ahead Of Pride Events

Methotrexate pills

Abortion Bans Have Unintended Medication Consequences

A photo of where your appendix is located
NewsyScience and Health

Why Do We Have An Appendix?

A  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sign stands at the entrance to offices in Atlanta
Ron Harris / APScience and Health

The CDC Is Restructuring Its Agency Amid Public Criticism

Microscope image shows damage from the polio virus to human spinal cord tissue
Dr. Karp / Emory University / CDC / APScience and Health

Health Officials Stress The Importance Of Polio Vaccination

A colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles is shown.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / APScience and Health

World Health Organization Looks To Change Monkeypox Name

A health professional prepares a dose of a Monkeypox vaccine.
APScience and Health

Path To Getting Medication For Monkeypox Has Multiple Obstacles

monkeypox virus particles, obtained from a clinical sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak
CDCScience and Health

Monkeypox Cases Are Rising Rapidly Across The U.S.

President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and clean energy at Brayton Power Station
Evan Vucci / APPolitics

President Biden Releases Statement On Twitter About COVID Diagnosis

A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed.
Rich Pedroncelli / APScience and Health

The Approval Process For Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills

An electron microscope image shows monkeypox virions
Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner / CDC / APScience and Health

Wastewater Could Help Fill Gaps In Monkeypox Testing

Abortion rights supporter Elli Morris, left, played her bamboo flute outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization
Rogelio V. Solis / APPolitics

New Ambiguity With Abortion Laws When It Comes To Medical Emergency

Boxes of the drug mifepristone line a shelf at the West Alabama Women's Center
Allen G. Breed / APPolitics

Post-Roe's Impact On Abortion Medicine Via Telehealth

cancer cells
NCI / Georgetown Lombardi CCC, NIHScience and Health

How Does Cancer Work In The Body?

Vials of freshly manufactured Novavax COVID-19 vaccines wait to be labeled
Serum Institute of India for Novavax / APScience and Health

FDA Advisers Back Novavax Vaccine As New U.S. Option

A person uses a smartphone
APScience and Health

Preventing The Deaths That Are Driven By Social Media

A student at a memorial in Uvalde, Texas
Jae C. Hong / APU.S.

Bringing Better Mental Health To School Lockdown Drills

A woman breaks down at the scene of the Uvalde shooting.

Uvalde: Exploring The Symptoms Of Grief, Emotional Toll

Quadriplegic German Aldana Zuniga looks at a race car.

Racing Thoughts: Quadriplegic Man Drives Race Car With His Brain

Birth control pills
Rich Pedroncelli / APScience and Health

Finding More Options For Male Birth Control

The American flag flies at half-staff at the White House to commemorate 1 million American lives lost due to COVID-19
Susan Walsh / APScience and Health

1 Million Americans Have Died From COVID-19

Doctors look at a lung scan of a cocci patient.
NewsyScience and Health

Climate Change Could Drive Potentially Deadly Valley Fever Cases

Doctor uses a stethoscope on a child patient
NewsyScience and Health

U.S. Monitoring Outbreak Of Hepatitis In Children

Two overweight women
Mark Lennihan / APScience and Health

Obesity Is On The Rise Worldwide

A patient wearing a pulse monitor
 Science and Health

Study: Black, Hispanic Women More Likely To Die From Uterine Cancer

Cans of sunscreen
Matt Slocum / APScience and Health

The Risks Of Benzene In Personal Care Products

A quilt in memory of people who have died from HIV/AIDS

AIDS Memorial Quilt Still Filled With New Names 35 Years Later

fentanyl-laced pills
U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah / APScience and Health

Teen Drug Overdoses Climb, Deadly Fentanyl to Blame