Shannon Hall

Science Reporter


Science journalism is an art form — where research becomes a story. A probe landing on the surface of mars is transformed into an epic journey where its last three minutes leave the reader on the edge of his seat. Climate change is a tale of scientists who are willing to fly into wildfire plumes or dart a moose with a tranquilizer 10,000 times stronger than heroin. The Higgs boson is no longer a newly discovered particle, but a window into a different realm. Science journalism allows room for creativity. But while it is important to engage the reader, it is crucial to do so accurately.


I graduated from Whitman College with two degrees: one in physics-astronomy and one in philosophy. I then received a master's degree in astronomy from the University of Wyoming and a second master's degree in science journalism from New York University. I currently freelance for Scientific American, Discover, Nautilus, Sky & Telescope, New Scientist and others.


As human beings we're drawn to the inner-workings of subatomic particles, the search for other life forms and the opaque gas enshrouding the big bang. Journalism has the power to unwrap and elucidate scientific results in a compelling and accurate way. As a freelance science journalist, I have published hundreds of stories. For constant updates and links to other good stories follow my twitter account @ShannonWHall.


I have always felt the need to travel — to explore the world and in doing so come to better understand myself. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and southeast Asia. After my college graduation I lived in a Buddhist Temple in northeast Thailand. Every day I woke up at 3 a.m. to sleepily meditate under a large golden Buddha.