George Claassen is an award-winning science journalist and teaches Science and Technology Journalism at Stellenbosch University, where he was head of the journalism department between 1994 and 2001. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist and journalism lecturer, and since 2012 has been science correspondent for the SABC. He has presented various courses in science and technology journalism for UNESCO in Africa in places such as Addis Abeba and Nairobi and in 2013 designed and developed a model curriculum for science journalism for UNESCO. He has published various books on science and technology issues and health quackery and is the organiser of the annual Science meets the Media in Stellenbosch workshop for scientists and journalists. He is the chair of the South African National Editors’ Forum’s science journalism training committee. His book on the dangers of quackery, Kwakke, kwinte en kwale – Hoe ’n onsinverklikker jou lewe kan red (Quacks, pains and illness – How a baloney detector can save your life) was a South African bestseller in 2014-2015.
Claassen was the first winner of the National Science and Technology Forum’s annual award for the South African Science Communicator of the Year in 2007. He regularly contributes article and reports on science for the SABC, Media24 and News24, the Mail & Guardian, and other South African media.