Board Members

Christie Aschwanden

Vice President

Christie Aschwanden is author of Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science of Recovery, and co-host of Emerging Form, a podcast about the creative process. She’s the former lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and was previously a health columnist for The Washington Post.

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Deborah Blum

Board Member

Deborah Blum, director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT and the publisher of Undark magazine, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning science journalist, columnist and author of six books, most recently, The Poison Squad, a 2018 New York Times Notable Book.

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Alan Boyle

Immediate Past President

Alan Boyle is a contributing editor for GeekWire, the creator of Cosmic Log, the founding host of the Fiction Science podcast and the author of The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference.

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Richard Harris

Treasurer

Richard Harris has been a science correspondent at National Public Radio since 1986; before that, he was a science writer at the San Francisco Examiner

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Bill Kearney

Board Member

William Kearney is executive director of the Office of News and Public Information at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC.

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Maggie Koerth

Board Member

Maggie Koerth is a senior science reporter for FiveThirtyEight.com. Previously, she was the science editor at BoingBoing.net and a columnist for The New York Times Magazine.

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Celeste LeCompte

Board Member

Celeste LeCompte is the vice president of strategy and operations at ProPublica, focused on revenue, partnerships and other strategic initiatives. In her previous roles, she has worked on product development, content strategy and editorial management for numerous media companies, nonprofits and corporate clients.

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Tom Lin

Board Member

Thomas Lin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Quanta Magazine, the editor of two books published by The MIT Press and a former New York Times journalist.

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Robin Lloyd

President

Robin Lloyd, a science writer going back to the Galileo mission to Jupiter, now works as a freelance writer and contributing editor to Scientific American, where she was news editor from 2009 to 2015.

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Tariq Malik

Board Member

Tariq Malik joined Purch’s Space.com team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became Space.com’s managing editor in 2009.

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Betsy Mason

Secretary

Betsy Mason is a freelance writer, the former science editor for Wired.com, co-author of NationalGeographic.com’s All over the Map blog, and a former Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT (2015-16).

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Debbie Ponchner

Board Member

Debbie Ponchner is a Costa Rica-based writer who was the Spanish-language editor for Scientific American. She started out as a science reporter for La Nación, the newspaper of record for Costa Rica.

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Cris Russell

Past President

Cristine Russell is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written about science and medicine for more than three decades. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, currently at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and, in spring 2006, at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

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Ashley Smart

Board Member

Ashley Smart is the associate director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and a senior editor at Undark magazine.

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Ken Trevett

Board Member

Kenneth P. Trevett stepped down in 2014 as president of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, formerly the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, in San Antonio, Texas, a position he had held since 2008. Trevett has worked as a senior manager/administrator and legal counsel in biomedical research/education/clinical service institutions for 31 years, all but three of which have been with independent, not-for-profit research organizations such as TBRI.

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Dan Vergano

Board Member

Dan Vergano is a science reporter for BuzzFeed News in Washington, D.C., where he covers science and politics.

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