Kirsten Boyd Goldberg, president of The Cancer Letter Inc., and editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter and The Clinical Cancer Letter, announced that she plans to leave the company on Dec. 31.
Effective Jan. 1, Paul Goldberg will become president of The Cancer Letter Inc., and editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter and The Clinical Cancer Letter.
In January, Kirsten Goldberg will join the staff of the American Society of Clinical Oncology as a senior program manager in the Communications and Patient Information Department, focusing on policy communications.
Goldberg joined The Cancer Letter in January 1989. The company was started in 1973 by her father, Jerry Boyd. Upon Boyd’s retirement in October 1990, Goldberg became
editor and publisher of the newsletters, as well as company president.
Goldberg’s reporting for The Cancer Letter over the past 20 years has specialized in coverage of the National Cancer Institute, including the terms of four institute directors—Samuel Broder, Richard Klausner, Andrew von Eschenbach, and John Niederhuber—as well as the first five months of the term of current NCI Director Harold Varmus.
She has covered the debates over breast cancer screening in younger women, efforts to streamline the NCI clinical trials cooperative groups, and the work of the institute’s advisory boards on oversight of research programs and funding. Her articles have won awards from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of
In addition to reporting and editing, Goldberg worked to bring the company fully into the electronic era, from the publication and delivery of newsletters to customer service. She modernized the newsletter’s print production, started the company's first web site in 1992, and began offering online newsletter access in 1998. Now, all subscribers receive the newsletters electronically.
Prior to joining The Cancer Letter, Goldberg was a staff writer for Education Week, a national newspaper for K-12 education, from 1986-88. From 1985-86, she was news editor of the Reston (Va.) Connection. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in economics.
Paul Goldberg joined The Cancer Letter part-time in 1986, to cover pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry news. He began working full time for the company in 1992. His reporting on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry has triggered numerous investigations by Congressional committees and law enforcement agencies and has been recognized by the Association of Healthcare Journalists,
the Washington DC Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Gerald Loeb Awards, and the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Foundation. Previously, he was a reporter for the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle and the Reston (Va.) Connection. He also wrote a history of the Helsinki Watch group in the former USSR, called "The Final Act" (William Morrow, 1988), and co-authored, with Ludmilla Alexeyeva, "The Thaw Generation: Coming of Age in the Post-Stalin Era" (Little, Brown, 1990; and in paperback, University of Pittsburgh Press). He graduated from Duke
University with a B.A. in economics.