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. In his more than 20 years there, he has led media dissemination efforts for hundreds of science, technology and health policy reports and managed communications for large scientific conferences such as the Second International Summit on Human Gene Editing, held in Hong Kong in 2018. He has directed other international science communication efforts, including for the African Science Academy Development Initiative, and he helped organize the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists. In 2010 he was assigned to the InterAcademy Council––an Amsterdam-based organization of the world’s science academies––to manage communications for a U.N.-sponsored review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.