SiriCarpenterSiri Carpenter (Co-founder and editor-in-chief) is an award-winning freelance science journalist, contributing editor for Science News for Students, and former features editor at Discover magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times, ScienceScientific American, Scientific American Mind, Science News, and many other publications. She was the 2018-2020 president of the National Association of Science Writers. 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.




AaronBrooksAaron Brooks (Senior editor) is a freelance editor and writer. His two degrees in English have rendered him capable of expressing, in strikingly felicitous prose, why he should’ve studied biology instead. He loves to run and swim and ski, he loves to partake of exotic fare in far-flung locales, he loves his family, but most of all he loves science writing. Aaron lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where he can often be found chopping wood and carrying water.




Kelly April 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.



Rodrigo Pérez Ortega (TON en Español editorial director) is an award-winning freelance science writer. His work has appeared in Science, NatureThe New York Times, Quanta, MongabayScience NewsTecReviewMedscape, and others, both in English and Spanish. He is a former TON/BWF early-career fellow and he works continuously to raise awareness about science and science journalism in Latin America. He lives in Washington, DC, and 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.



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 a reporter for STAT, where she writes the outlet’s flagship newsletter Morning Rounds and reports on all things health and medicine. Previously, she worked at Nature Medicine as an editor and reporter, and for PBS’ science documentary show NOVA as a researcher and fact-checker. 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.



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.



Past Board Members

Julie RehmeyerJulie Rehmeyer (treasurer, 2014-2020) is a math and science writer and a contributing editor for Discover magazine. She is the author of Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer’s Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand, which describes the science, history, and politics of chronic fatigue syndrome and other poorly understood illnesses (Rodale, 2017). She has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostWiredScience News, and many other magazines and newspapers. She wrote the “Math Trek” column for Science News and the “Equation” column for Wired. Follow her on Twitter @julierehmeyer.