John-Manuel Andriote is an author, journalist, speaker, and communication consultant focused on health and medicine, LGBT issues, and popular cultures. In 2014, he also added “children’s author” to his résumé with the publication of Wilhelmina Goes Wandering, based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut.
Health/medical focus - HIV-AIDS specialty
Andriote began to focus his reporting on the growing HIV-AIDS epidemic while he was a graduate journalism student at Northwestern University in 1986. Today, as one of America’s leading and longest-term reporters on HIV-AIDS, hundreds of his recorded interviews with leading experts, and other research materials, are part of a special collection curated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Translating complex technical subjects into ‘plain English’
Andriote specializes in ‘translating’ technical information--from the fields of medicine and science in particular--into ‘plain English’ for non-specialists.
As a communication consultant, Andriote enjoys lending his research, interview, writing, project management, and social media strategy skills to other authors and organizations seeking to tell their stories clearly and powerfully through print and electronic products, and via social media.
Teaching, writing, and speaking
Now back where he ‘started’ in eastern Connecticut--after 30 years ‘away’ (including 22 years in Washington, D.C.)--Andriote has been a columnist for the local daily newspaper; an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Connecticut State University and Three Rivers Community College, teaching journalism, social media strategy, and emergent media reporting; and a frequent guest author and speaker.