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.


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 have always felt the need to travel — to explore the world and in doing so come to better understand myself. For both assignments and personal travels, I have explored countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and southeast Asia. And I always have another trip on the horizon.