Tara Haelle, MA, is a freelance science and multimedia journalist who specializes in writing about vaccines, infectious disease, pediatrics, prenatal health, mental health and other medical research. Her work appears in The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Medscape, Scientific American, Politico, Everyday Health, Washington Post, Wired, Pacific Standard, Parents Magazine and elsewhere, including her evidence-based parenting blog Red Wine & Applesauce. As the Medical Studies Core Topic Leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists, she creates resources and training for journalists reporting on medical research. She cowrote The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Guide to the First Four Years, with science journalist Emily Willingham, and authored the 2018 young adult nonfiction book Vaccination Investigation: The History and Science of Vaccines. She frequently speaks on vaccine hesitancy, including a TEDx Oslo talk on why parents fear vaccines, grand rounds at a pediatric teaching hospital and keynotes for the Ohio chapter of the AAP and several state public health departments. She cofounded The Vaccine Page on Facebook and frequently interacts with vaccine-hesitant parents on social media. Tara has also published a dozen children’s science books and uses her years as a public school teacher to explain complex ideas in accessible prose.