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Virag has been a Pulitzer finalist in feature writing and explanatory journalism, and is a 10-time winner of the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award. Her piece, “Chemo: The Slayer and The Savior,” is included in the American Society of Newspaper Editors “Best Newspaper Writing of 1998.” She was a lead writer for Newsday’s 13-month-long series “Long Island: Our Natural World.” During her Newsday career, she wrote a nature column, a home column and the “Long Island Diary.” Virag is a fellow of the Garden Writers of America.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She studied at the University of London and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She’s the author of two books, We’re All in This Together–Families Facing Breast Cancer, and Gardening on Long Island with Irene Virag.