Rich Stone is the senior science editor for HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, where he oversees science content for documentaries and other nonfiction productions and manages media partnerships. He is also a contributing correspondent for Science, where his writing has featured datelines from challenging reporting environments such as Iran and North Korea. Most recently he has been Science’s lead reporter on the war in Ukraine’s impact on the scientific community. He served as program chair for the World Conference of Science Journalists in 2015.
From 2000 to 2012, Stone served as a foreign correspondent for Science, starting out in Cambridge, U.K., as Science’s European editor and as a Visiting Writer at the University of Cambridge. The last stop on his overseas tour was Beijing, where he opened the magazine’s Asia bureau in 2007. He returned to Science’s home office in Washington, D.C., in early 2013 to oversee the magazine’s international news coverage through 2018. Stone has been a Fulbright Scholar twice, in Russia in 1995-96 and in Kazakhstan in 2004-05, and he has visited North Korea six times and counting to report on science there. He has contributed to Discover, Smithsonian, and National Geographic magazines, and is author of the nonfiction book Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant.
He has a B.S. in genetics from Cornell and earned a science communication degree from the University of California Santa Cruz. During that time, he received CASW’s Nate Haseltine Graduate Fellowship, a precursor to the Taylor/Blakeslee Fellowships.