Erin Marie Daly is a freelance journalist with a passion for writing about cultural and human interest stories. She has a background in legal reporting and founded Oxy Watchdog, a blog about painkiller and heroin addiction.
As a former senior reporter for Law360, Erin wrote hundreds of articles on product liability issues in the health care industry, particularly relating to pharmaceutical companies. Her work in this area included reporting on developments in personal injury, product defect, and wrongful death lawsuits against global drug companies and medical device makers, analysis of state and federal legislative developments involving the health care industry, and features on district and appellate jurisdictional trends. She also covered nationwide litigation and regulatory issues spanning intellectual property and patent law, environmental law, financial and securities law, and employment law, among other areas.
In 2012, Erin was awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society for Professional Journalists for “Suburban Junkies,” which was reported in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED Radio. In 2007, she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism for “How Many Strikes?,” her profile of a homeless transgender teenager battling the streets of New York City. She has freelance reported in countries such as India, Bosnia and Russia. Her cultural analysis has appeared in California Watch/Center for Investigative Reporting, KQED Radio, the SF Weekly, the Moscow Times, In The Fray Magazine, the Brooklyn Paper, and Art & Understanding, among other publications.
Erin holds a Masters of Arts in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley.
Her first book, Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis, was published in August 2014. The book was honored as a winner in the 2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards in the Social Sciences category, and as a winner in the “Health: Addiction and Recovery” and “Non-Fiction: Narrative” categories of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.