Education: Northwestern University, City College of NY
Expertise: Science and health reporting and editing; chronic illness and disability
  • Author, “What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt”
  • Disability justice advocate
  • CUNY lecturer


Tessa is a Brooklyn-based health and science journalist, teacher, and disability justice advocate. Her work focuses on chronic illness, disability, and the American healthcare system. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Self, Medium, Health, Refinery 29, Wired, and The Daily Beast, among others. She was a senior editor at Lifehacker, Self, and The Daily Beast. Currently, Tessa teaches composition and rhetoric at The City College of New York with a focus on the politics of language.

Tessa’s acclaimed debut book “What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness—Lessons from a Body in Revolt” is available now. “What Doesn’t Kill You” is part memoir about her life with an incurable disease and part guide for newly diagnosed chronic illness patients and the people who love them.

Knowledge is power.


Tessa has Bachelor of Arts in journalism degree from Northwestern University and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy at The City College of New York.

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