Nancy Shute

Science Journalist, NPR

President, National Association of Science Writers

Nancy Shute has morphed through many forms as a science writer: editor and writer for national magazines, independent journalist, and instructor of science writing and multimedia journalism. She is currently a journalist for NPR as well as a freelance writer and the president of the National Association of Science Writers. Her past experiences include directing science and technology coverage for U.S. News & World Report as assistant managing editor and serving as a senior writer for US News, covering health policy, neuroscience, pediatrics, infectious disease, and public health law. She now blogs for and is a contributor to National Geographic, Scientific American, and other publications. In addition, Ms. Shute trains journalists in the uses of social media and other new technologies and teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs. Prior to joining U.S. News in 1997, she was a correspondent for Outside magazine and contributed to many other publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian, New Republic, and National Review. Ms. Shute graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s in English literature and received a master’s from Yale Law School in 1980. As a 1993-1994 Fulbright Scholar, she founded the first bilingual independent newspaper in Kamchatka, Russia. She contributed to A Field Guide for Science Writers (Oxford, 2005) and is a frequent guest on regional and national radio and television, including CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel’s Your World With Neil Cavuto, and MSNBC’s News Live.