I am a journalist based in the Pacific Northwest writing at intersections of difficult topics. My words hold tensions and contradictions and convey complex answers to under-asked questions.
For five years I served as science editor at Christianity Today, where I led strategy on coverage for the science section, evaluating and approving pitches, and guiding writers from a first draft to a published final. I also led and organized writers workshops to develop capacity for writers to integrate theology and science in their work.
I’ve explained why some conservative Christians refuse vaccinations amid the measles outbreak in 2019. I’ve illuminated how survivors of sex abuse sought help from biblical counselors, receiving advise that often re-victimized them and veered from the historical practices of psychology. I’ve clarified how science-minded pro-lifers parse the issue of fetal tissue research from the use of older cell lines in drugs.
My career focus on science began during my graduate work on the global discussion on GMOs and then took a turn toward working at the intersection of faith and science. I’m also passionate about improving the inclusion of voices of racial and ethnic minorities and explaining local to global connections.
Professional affiliations: Northwest Science Writers Association, Society of Environmental Journalists.