Czerne Reid is an instructional associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Journalism, College of Journalism and Communications, at the University of Florida. She also is a contributing editor for Science News and an independent journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic and other outlets. She also has worked as a newspaper reporter and science writer at various outlets around the U.S., garnering a number of journalism awards. In 2022, she was elected as a lifetime Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Reid is particularly interested in science communication by scientists and science-trained individuals, and conducts mentoring and research in that area. Her service in this area has included serving as chief editor for CASW’s New Horizons Newsroom since 2019, as part of the annual ComSciCon program. As co-chair of the National Association of Science Writers Education Committee since 2013, she co-organizes the organization’s flagship student programming, including an annual internship fair and mentoring programs that have served hundreds of students from across the U.S. and around the globe.
She earned a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry at Emory University and a graduate certificate in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her bachelor’s degree in chemistry is from the University of the West Indies, Mona, in her native Jamaica. She is a 2003 recipient of the CASW Taylor/Blakeslee Graduate Fellowship and a 2007 Kaiser Media Fellow.