Editorial Team

Siri CarpenterSiri Carpenter (Co-founder and editor-in-chief) is an award-winning science journalist and editor whose writing and editorial work has appeared in The New York TimesScienceDiscover, Scientific AmericanbioGraphicScience NewsScience News for Students, and many other publications. She has a PhD in psychology from Yale University and began her science-writing career as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 1998, at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia. Until The Open Notebook became a full-time pursuit, she spent most of her career as a freelancer. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers (2018-2020). She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter @siricarpenter.



Jeanne ErdmannJeanne Erdmann (Co-founder and editor-at-large) is an award-winning health and science journalist whose work has appeared in Discover, Real Simple, Family Circle, Women’s Health, Spectrum,  Slate, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, and Nature, among other publications. She is on the board of the Association of Health Care Journalists. She lives in Wentzville, Missouri. Follow her on Twitter @jeanne_erdmann.




Torie Bosch

Torie Bosch (Senior editor) is the editor of Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, Arizona State University, and New America that explores the intersection of technology, science, policy, and society. She is the co-editor of What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent the Future (2019) and Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow, both published by Unnamed Press. Torie is a graduate of Penn State University, where she majored in English with minors in business, media studies, and Latin. She lives in Arlington, Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @thekibosch.



Aaron BrooksAaron Brooks (Senior editor) handles The Open Notebook’s copyediting and production. He has done freelance editing work for Sapiens, Science News, bioGraphic, and Knowable Magazine, among other publications. He lives with his family in Traverse City, Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @ … um, actually, he doesn’t post anything on Twitter. He is aware of how unprofessional this is, and yet he can’t seem to get himself to start tweeting.




Rodrigo Pérez OrtegaRodrigo Pérez Ortega (TON en Español editorial director) is an award-winning science journalist. He is a staff writer at Science magazine, and his work has also appeared in NatureThe New York TimesQuantaScience NewsMedscape, and others, both in English and Spanish. He is a former early-career fellow at The Open Notebook and he works continuously to raise awareness about science and science journalism in Latin America. He is a founding member of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists and volunteers as co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the National Association of Science Writers. He is also on the board of NASW. He lives in Mexico City. Follow him on Twitter @rpocisv.


Debbie PonchnerDebbie Ponchner (Spanish translations editor) is an award-winning science journalist based in Costa Rica. She started out as a science reporter for La Nación, the newspaper of record for this Central American country. In 2005 she founded and served as editor of the newspaper’s first daily science and health section, and later was its managing editor and wrote its weekly science column. In 2014 she moved to New York to create and lead the Spanish language website of Scientific American, a project that ran until 2017. She was a 2003–04 Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and is a board member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Follow her on Twitter @debbieponchner.


Jill SakaiJill Sakai (Senior editor) is a science writer and editor in Madison, Wisconsin. She is part of the communications team for the Wisconsin Energy Institute and a freelance writer and editor for a variety of publications, including as a contributing editor for Science News for Students. She is a former AAAS Mass Media Fellow and has been a board member of the National Association of Science Writers since 2014. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and playing ultimate frisbee, violin and piano (though not simultaneously). Follow her on Twitter @jill_sakai.



Kelly TyrrellKelly Tyrrell (Engagement editor) is an award-winning science and health writer. She is the director of research communications at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and reports on health policy as a freelancer for The Rheumatologist and The Hospitalist magazines. She is a former staff reporter at The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware and her work has also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Chicago Tribune, where she was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 2011. Often, you can find her running trails near her home in Madison, Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter @kellyperil.



Katherine J. WuKatherine J. Wu (Senior editor) is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where she covers science. She is a former science reporter for The New York Times and a former early-career fellow at The Open Notebook. Her work has appeared in many outlets, including National Geographic, Undark, Popular Science, Scientific American, and Smithsonian, where she was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 2018. She holds a PhD in microbiology and immunobiology from Harvard University, and was the 2020 winner of the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists. Follow her on Twitter @KatherineJWu.


Rachel Zamzow

Rachel Zamzow (Senior editor) is an independent freelance science journalist and editor. She is a contributing writer for the award-winning autism research news site Spectrum. You can also find her work at The Open Notebook, where she was a 2017 early-career fellow, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she was a 2014 AAAS Mass Media Fellow. She lives in Waco, Texas, and spends most of her time chasing around her two young, very energetic sons. Follow her on Twitter @RachelZamzow.




Board of Directors

SiriCarpenterSiri Carpenter (President)







Jeanne ErdmannJeanne Erdmann (Vice President and Secretary)







Alexandra Witze

Alexandra Witze (Treasurer) is a contributing correspondent for Nature and Science News magazines. She writes news and features, primarily about the earth sciences, from her base in Boulder, Colorado. With her husband Jeff Kanipe, she is the author of Island on Fire, a book about the extraordinary 18th-century eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki (Pegasus Books, 2015). Alex is a nationally known science writer whose awards include top journalism prizes from the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, the American Meteorological Society, and the National Association of Science Writers. Among other places her reporting has taken her to the North Pole, to an earthquake zone in China, and to Maya ruins in the Guatemalan jungle. Follow her on Twitter @alexwitze.


Shraddha ChakradharShraddha Chakradhar is the deputy editor of Nieman Lab, where she writes and edits pieces on innovations in and the future of the journalism industry. Previously, she worked at STAT as the writer of its award-winning newsletter Morning Rounds, at Nature Medicine as an editor and reporter, and for PBS’ science documentary show NOVA as a researcher and fact-checker. She is also a lecturer in Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in science writing. Her bylines have appeared in Scientific American, NOVA Next, and Nature. Shraddha also helped launch The Open Notebook‘s Diverse Voices series in 2018. Follow her on Twitter @scchak.



Ann FinkbeinerAnn Finkbeiner is a freelance science writer based in Baltimore. She writes most regularly for Science and Nature, usually about science advising and astronomy.  She wrote A Grand and Bold Thing, The Jasons, and After the Death of a Child; and co-authored The Guide to Living with HIV Infection. She is proud co-proprietor of a group blog, The Last Word on Nothing. Follow her on Twitter @annfinkbeiner.




Jane C. HuJane C. Hu is a freelance journalist, a regular contributor to Slate, and a contributing editor at High Country News. Her work has appeared in publications like ScienceThe Washington Post, National Geographic, Outside, and Wired. She is also a former TON/BWF early-career fellow and AAAS Mass Media Fellow, as well as a former president of the Northwest Science Writers Association. She lives in Seattle; on weekends, you’ll find her biking around town, climbing, or backpacking. Follow her on Twitter at @jane_c_hu.



Ashley SmartAshley Smart is the associate director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and a senior editor at Undark magazine. He previously spent eight years as an editor and reporter at Physics Today magazine and co-founded the science news blog HBSciU. He was a 2015-16 Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and he holds a PhD in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern University. Ashley also helped launch The Open Notebook‘s Diverse Voices series in 2018. He is a board member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Follow him on twitter @ashleythesmart.