Shannon Hall

Award-Winning Freelance Science Journalist


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. The Higgs boson is not just 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 am a frequent contributor to Scientific American, The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, Quanta, Discover, Sky & Telescope and others. One of my stories was honored with the 2018 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism.

Editing Work

I am a stickler for facts and correct grammar — two characteristics that have long-encouraged me to edit as well as write. Since 2018, I have been a contributing editor at Sky & Telescope and I welcome further editing projects.

About Me

I have two master's degrees in astronomy and science journalism. But when I'm not working, I'm often traveling — I have lived in a buddhist temple in Thailand, slept under the stars in the Sahara and climbed the Andes in Peru. This fall, I will report several stories from the North Pole.