Betsy Mason is a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT (2015-16), freelance writer and the former science editor for Wired.com. Previously, she was an award-winning science reporter at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz and has written about science for publications including Nature, Science, Discover and New Scientist. Before becoming a journalist, Betsy was a geologist, and has a master's degree in geology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She is also co-founder of Wired.com's Map Lab blog.