Who I am: Helen Santoro |  

Where I live: United States of America

What I do: Science journalist who enjoys making science accessible and engaging for scientists and non-scientists alike. My work has appeared in Knowable, High Country News, Audubon Magazine, Huffington Post, Slate, Smithsonian Magazine, WIRED, and more. I cover health & medicine, neuroscience, the environment and LGBTQ+ communities.

Why science journalism: I love diving deep into stories and questions, particularly around health and medicine, and bringing new perspectives to topics that others may not have thought of. I also enjoy helping people share their fascinating and sometimes difficult stories with a larger audience. As science journalists, we have the power to change people’s outlooks. Be it a study that serves as the backbone for a new healthcare bill or the story of a transgender researcher who is redefining what it means to be a scientist, we can influence change in this world.

Suggestions for newcomers:

  • This isn’t always an easy job, so find a community of people you can lean on.
  • Always ask questions; maybe you overhear someone say something and it sparks a thought in your mind. Dive into it!
  • Get comfortable with failure and use it as an opportunity to grow.


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