Our Advisers

The Open Notebook is fortunate to have a talented board of advisers who support our work. Our Advisory Board includes:


Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Men’s JournalO, the Oprah MagazineMother JonesRunner’s World, and other magazines. She was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2011, and she blogs at The Last Word on Nothing. Follow Christie on Twitter @cragcrest.

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist, author, and professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Health magazine, Mother Jones, and other publications. She is the author of five books and was co-editor of the widely used guide to science journalism A Field Guide for Science Writers. She writes the Wired blog Elemental. Several of her magazine stories have been included in leading anthologies, including Best American Science Writing 2011 and Best American Science & Nature Writing 2011. Follow Deb on Twitter @deborahblum.

David Dobbs is an award-winning author and journalist who writes for The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, WiredNational Geographic, Slate, and other magazines. His e-book My Mother’s Lover, published at The Atavist, was a #1 Kindle-Single bestseller. He is the author of three other books and writes the blog Neuron Culture. Several of his magazine stories have been included in leading anthologies, including Best American Science Writing 2010 and Best American Sports Writing 2011. Follow David on Twitter @David_Dobbs.

Laura Helmuth is the science and health editor at Slate magazine. She was previously a senior editor at Smithsonian magazine, where she handled most of the magazine’s science, nature, technology, and environmental coverage. Before that, she was a writer and editor at Science magazine, and she has written for Science News, National Wildlife, and California Wild.

Amy Karon is a print, online and multimedia journalist specializing in political, investigative and health reporting. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, iWatch News, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, and numerous other outlets. She currently covers the Wisconsin state legislature for The Daily Reporter and the Wisconsin Law Journal. Her series on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s health claims was a finalist for a 2012 student Investigative Reporters and Editors award. Follow Amy on Twitter @amykaron.

Holly Stocking is a science writer, editor, and author, and is a retired science writing professor at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Tribune, and the Associated Press, and is the author, with the writers of The New York Times, of The New York Times Reader: Science & Technology, an instructional guide for science writers.

Brian Vastag is a science reporter for the Washington Post. Previously, he was a freelance science journalist and wrote for Science News, U.S. News & World Report, New Scientist, Health, the HHMI Bulletin, and many other publications. Follow Brian on Twitter @brianvastag.

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