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
Customers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus
Matt Rourke / APScience and Health

Coronavirus Cases Are On The Rise Again

Surgeons operate during a lung transplant
Northwestern MedicineScience and Health

Hospitals Use 'Lungs In A Box' To Solve Donation Shortage

A narcan applicator
Matt Rourke / APScience and Health

U.S. Fentanyl Seizures Jump Dramatically

A man sleeps
Jorge Saenz / APScience and Health

Why We Dream

A doctor at Northwestern Medicine looks at X-rays of lungs

Doctors See Growing Demand For Lung Transplants During Pandemic

A woman holds an aspirin pill
Emma H. Tobin / APScience and Health

Study: Aspirin Early On Could Be Effective For COVID Patients

Masked and unmasked visitors walk in front of the carousel at Pier 39 in San Francisco
Jeff Chiu / APScience and Health

Fauci: Omicron BA.2 Uptick Expected To Start In A Week

Oxycodone pills
Keith Srakocic / APScience and Health

Record Number Of Americans Died From Drug Overdose Oct. 2020-2021

A brain positron emission tomography scan.
Matt York / APScience and Health

Study Finds Most Americans Unfamiliar With Signs Of Early Alzheimer's

A wastewater treatment plant
NewsyScience and Health

Wastewater Is Tracking Down COVID In Communities

A girl looks out the window of her hospital room.
Christophe Ena / APScience and Health

New Study Looks At Mental Health Effects Of Long-Haul COVID

A worker handles a coronavirus test sample at a private testing site
Mark Schiefelbein / APScience and Health

The World Health Organization Declared COVID A Pandemic 2 Years Ago

A student wears a mask and face shield in a 4th grade class amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Marcio Jose Sanchez / APScience and Health

Doctors Warn Of Possible Omicron BA.2 Variant Surge

Northwestern Medicine file footage shows brain images from an MRI scan
Northwestern MedicineScience and Health

Study: COVID-19 May Cause Changes In The Brain

A nurse loads a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Rogelio V. Solis / APPolitics

The State Of COVID And Public Health

Child after getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Laura Ungar / APScience and Health

Study: Pfizer Vaccine Just 12% Effective In Kids Ages 5 To 11

Shopper wearing a face mask.
Matt Rourke / APScience and Health

CDC: Many Healthy Americans Can Take A Break From Masks

Boxes containing Pfizer vaccines.
Morry Gash, Pool / APScience and Health

Drugmakers Seek Emergency Authorization For New COVID Vaccine

A patient participates in a study on the Azlheimer's drug Aducanumab
Charles Krupa / APScience and Health

Analysis: Alzheimer's Drug Treamtent Costs Patients $75,000 Per Year

Dr. Kalilah Gates speaks with a patient

The Front-Line Fight Against Racial Disparities In Health Care

A woman displays an HIV testing kit.
John Raby / APScience and Health

Scientists Say They Have Cured A Woman Of HIV

A man collects sewage samples.
Rick Bowmer / APScience and Health

Wastewater Could Help Us Move From A Pandemic To Endemic State

A resident at a nursing home receives a COVID-19 booster shot
Seth Wenig / APU.S.

Health Care Facilities Struggling With Staffing, Turning Away Patients

Chaplain Kevin Deegan, left, and registered nurse Michelle Stephens comfort each other in a COVID-19 unit
Jae C. Hong / APScience and Health

Biden Administration: $103M To Fund Health Care Workers' Mental Health

A medical assistant carries swab samples collected from people at a COVID-19 testing site
Jae C. Hong / APScience and Health

California City Offers Free COVID Testing As Often As Residents Want

Silhouette of the head
National Institutes of HealthScience and Health

Exploring The Causes And Effects Of Anxiety

A nurse suits up with protective gear before entering a patient's room
APScience and Health

Omicron Is Draining Hospitals And Its Peak Still Isn't Here

A worker with a COVID-19 test
Ted S. Warren / APScience and Health

Fact Check: 'Flurona' Isn't A Medical Diagnosis

Pfizer COVID-19 treatment pills
Pfizer via APScience and Health

FDA Authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 Treatment Pill

A nurse stands by a COVID patient's bedside.
APScience and Health

COVID-19 Long-Haulers Face Uncertainty Even With More Research