Top Science Reporters in the US – The 2020 List

The world of science is continually changing, and every month scientists are unlocking more secrets of the world and developing incredible inventions to aid everyday life. However, sometimes no matter how innovative the discovery, getting that news out can be a challenge.

Ask any PR professional, and they will tell you that securing the coverage your story deserves is dependent on multiple factors combining, but one of the most crucial is pitching the information to the right science reporter. Having a solid media list is vital, but finding the relevant science journalists can be a very time-consuming process if you don’t have the right tools.

That’s why we recommend you use a media database, like Prowly’s. It lets you target just the media contacts that matter most to your news. Filter by topic covered, outlet, job role, location, and more. Also, you can access it for 7 days for free and decide if it meets your needs.

Now let’s take a look at the list we created using our database.

Top science reporters

Natalie Angier, New York Times

@Angier58

Natalie began her writing career as a technical journalist for Texas Instruments before being part of the founding team of Discover Magazine in the 1980s. From there, she has worked for Time Magazine, Savvy, National Geographic, and The Atlantic. She joined The New York Times in 1990 as a science reporter and has remained there since. 

She has also been a professor at the Graduate Program in Science and Environmental Reporting at New York University and, in 1991 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. Throughout her career, she has also won multiple writing awards for both her journalism and non-fiction books. 

Bruce Dorminey, Forbes

@bdorminey

Bruce is an American author and science reporter primarily covering topics such as aerospace, astronomy, and astrophysics. Alongside having a regular column online with Forbes, he also contributes to the Astronomy Magazine. 

Having appeared in various titles across the country, Bruce has also written several books and was named the 1998 winner of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Aerospace Journalist of the Year award. He was also a founding member of the Science Communication Focus Group created by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. 

Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times

@SandiDoughton

Oklahoma-born Sandi Doughton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, majoring in Biology and Journalism. Since then, she has gone on to write for Los Alamos Monitor and The News Tribune before settling at The Seattle Times. 

As the leading science journalist at the title, Sandi covers a wide range of topics, and she has also published several books. Her coverage of the 2014 Oso landslide saw her awarded the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. 

Christopher Mims, The Wall Street Journal

@Mims

Christopher Mims is one of the most respected science reporters in America and is currently a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Before joining the journal, he was editor of Scientific American, Technology Review, Smithsonian, and Grist. 

Covering a wide range of science and technology topics, he has a bachelor’s in Neuroscience and Behavioural Biology and regularly blogs about the converging crisis of the 21st century and net neutrality. 

Laurie Garrett, Freelance

@Laurie_Garrett

Pulitzer Prize winner Laurie Garrett is a multi-award winning journalist and author. Working across a vast array of titles, she regularly contributes to science-based publications across the globe. 

Studying Biology at the University of California, before attending graduate school in the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, Laurie primarily focuses on topics relating to infectious diseases and public health issues. 

Siri Carpenter, Open Notebook

@SiriCarpenter

Minnesota-born Siri Carpenter is the author of multiple scientific publications as well as being the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Open Notebook. As a freelance science reporter, she covers a wide range of topics, but she tends to cover psychology and medical science. 

In 2009 she won the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Outstanding Article Award for her reporting on Buried Prejudice within Scientific American Mind. She was also a finalist in the National Magazine Awards for her article, “Is your patient over medicated”. 

Christie Aschwanden, Freelance

@cragcrest

Christie is a multi-award-winning author and freelance journalist and was formally the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight. Studying biology at university, much of her journalism career has focused on reporting on the research process and sports science. 

Christie has won multiple awards throughout her distinguished career, including several from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, National Association of Science Writers, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Dave Levitan, Washington Post

@DaveLevitan

Graduating from Haverford College with an MA in Journalism, Dave has become one of the most respected science reporters in the country. Primarily a freelancer, he has appeared in over 50 mainstream titles, but he has regular features within The Washington Post, New Republic, and Gizmodo. 

He covers a wide range of topics across science, health, and environment and has also published his own book, ‘Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science’. 

Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine

@Coreyspowell

Corey Powell is most known for his features within Discover Magazine, and since 2012 he has been the Editor-in-Chief for the title. Throughout his career, he has regularly collaborated with renowned scientist Bill Nye, and he often covers a wide range of topics across the scientific community. 

Corey has also authored a number of books and is also a regular contributor to various magazines and currently co-hosts a podcast with Nye. 

Find more science journalists in Prowly‘s media database

Are you looking to create a media list of science reporters? Finding the best contacts to share your news with is tough, but here at Prowly, our media database features over one million journalists, including some of the most respected reporters within the industry. 

You can search by niche, location, media outlet, and job title to ensure you are able to build a highly targeted media list. Enjoy free search access for 7 days and decide if it’s a good fit for your needs.

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