Executive Committee

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, producer and host of Uncertain, a podcast series from Scientific American, 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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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

Board member

Richard Harris is a longtime former science correspondent at National Public Radio; before that, he was a science writer at the San Francisco Examiner.

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Robin Lloyd


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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Betsy Mason


Betsy Mason is a freelance science journalist, co-author of All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey (National Geographic, 2018), and a former Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT (2015-16). She is currently an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow researching and reporting on how the science of animal behavior and cognition is changing the way we think about other animals.

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Cristine 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 the Harvard Kennedy School, currently at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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Ashley Smart


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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