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Scientific American editors are available on request for media interviews. Offering expertise in a wide range of specialties and practiced at translating science into plain English, Scientific American editors are the ideal expert guests to comment on science news of the day. Many are media trained, including broadcast and radio, and have extensive interview experience. 

Curtis Brainard
Acting Editor in Chief
  • Location: New York, NY

Curtis Brainard is Acting Editor in Chief at Scientific American. He was formerly a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review , where he covered science, environment, and medical news as a staff writer from 2006 until 2013.…read more

Curtis Brainard is Acting Editor in Chief at Scientific American. He was formerly a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review, where he covered science, environment, and medical news as a staff writer from 2006 until 2013. In January 2008, he launched The Observatory, CJR's first fulltime department dedicated to critically analyzing science coverage in the media as well as the opportunities and challenges facing science journalists. Numerous outlets, from The New York Times to Fox News, have cited Brainard’s media criticism and reporting. He’s been a guest on radio programs on NPR and Al-Jazeera English and invited to speak at venues such as the National Press Club in Washington, DC and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Aspen, Colorado. Brainard also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Popular Science and OnEarth magazine. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists, and in 2013, he was elected to serve on the executive board of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Brainard holds master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City, where he is an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate School of Journalism, home of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Sunya Bhutta
Engagement Editor
  • Location: New York, NY

Sunya Bhutta is a journalist, audience development specialist and the Engagement Editor at Scientific American .…read more

Sunya Bhutta is a journalist, audience development specialist and the Engagement Editor at Scientific American. Her role includes managing the magazine’s website homepage, social media profiles, and mobile app news feed. Additionally, she works with Marketing and Custom Media to provide insight on readers and the latest industry trends. Previously, she was the Associate Editor at Genetic Engineer & Biotechnology News. Her work has also been published in Time Out New York, Chronogram and Hudson Valley Magazine.

Lee Billings
Senior Editor, Space/Physics
  • Location: New York, NY

Lee Billings is an senior editor covering space and physics for Scientific American.…read more

Lee Billings is an senior editor covering space and physics for Scientific American.  His freelance writing has appeared in many popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired and Popular Mechanics. Billings is the author of Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars, which won the American Institute of Physics science writing award in 2014. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Sophie Bushwick
Associate Editor, Technology
  • Location: New York, NY

Sophie Bushwick is an associate editor who covers technology for Scientific American .…read more

Sophie Bushwick is an associate editor who covers technology for Scientific American. Previously she worked as an editor at Popular Science and a freelance writer, podcast producer and video host for publications such as Discover, Inside Science and others. Sophie received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Carleton College before winning an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship, which she spent at Scientific American.

Mark Fischetti
Senior Editor, Sustainability
  • Location: Massachusetts

Mark Fischetti is a senior editor. He was managing editor of Scientific American's Earth 3.0 special editions and helped launch Scientific American Mind.…read more

Mark Fischetti is a senior editor. He was managing editor of Scientific American's Earth 3.0 special editions and helped launch Scientific American Mind. His 2001 Scientific American article "Drowning New Orleans" predicted the widespread disaster that a storm like Hurricane Katrina would impose on the city. Fischetti has written freelance articles for the New York Times, Smithsonian, Fast Company, and many others. With Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, he co-wrote Weaving the Web, which reveals how the Web was really created. He also co-wrote The New Killer Diseases with microbiologist Elinor Levy. Fischetti is a former managing editor of the magazines IEEE Spectrum and Family Business. He has a physics degree and has twice served as the Attaway Fellow in Civic Culture at Centenary College of Louisiana, which awarded him an honorary doctorate. Fischetti is a frequent broadcaster and has appeared on CNN, NBC's Meet the Press, the History Channel and NPR News.

Josh Fischman
Senior Editor, Chemistry/Policy/Biology
  • Location: Washington, D.C.

Josh Fischman is a Senior Editor at Scientific American. He is a former deputy editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News , where he supervised its worldwide coverage.…read more

Josh Fischman is a Senior Editor at Scientific American. He is a former deputy editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News, where he supervised its worldwide coverage. Previously, he directed technology and science coverage for The Chronicle of Higher Education as a senior editor, was a senior writer and editor at U.S News &World Report, editor-in-chief at Earth, deputy news editor at Science, and a senior editor at Discover. His work has been selected for the Best American Science Writing 2012 anthology, and he has won the Blakeslee Award for excellence in medical reporting. He is the author of the leading medical education guidebook, The U.S. News & World Report Ultimate Guide to Medical Schools (Sourcebooks, 2006).

Seth Fletcher
Chief Features Editor
  • Location: New York, NY

Seth Fletcher is the Chief Features Editor for Scientific American . Before joining SA , he spent five years editing feature stories at Popular Science ; prior to that, he edited the health section at Men’s Journal .…read more

Seth Fletcher is the Chief Features Editor for Scientific American. Before joining SA, he spent five years editing feature stories at Popular Science; prior to that, he edited the health section at Men’s Journal. He is the author of Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy (Hill & Wang/FSG, 2011). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, Outside, Salon, and other publications. He has been interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, Morning Edition, Science Friday, Marketplace, The Takeaway, and The Leonard Lopate Show, along with the BBC World Service and many local radio affiliates. His television appearances include Bloomberg TV and MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. He holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Andrea Gawrylewski
Senior Collections Editor
  • Location: New York, NY

Andrea is the Senior Collections Editor at  Scientific American , managing all special editions,  Scientific American  Mind Digital,  Scientific American  Space & Physics,  Scientific American  Health & Medicine and book reviews.…read more

Andrea is the Senior Collections Editor at Scientific American, managing all special editions, Scientific American Mind Digital, Scientific American Space & Physics, Scientific American Health & Medicine and book reviews. She got her start in journalism at The Scientist magazine where she was a features writer and editor for hot research papers in the life sciences. Andrea spent more than six years in educational publishing, editing books for higher education in biology, environmental science, and nutrition. She holds a master’s degree in earth science and a master’s degree in journalism, both from Columbia University in New York City, home of the Pulitzer Prizes. 

Michael D. Lemonick
Chief Opinion Editor
  • Location: New York, NY

Michael D. Lemonick is Chief Opinion Editor at Scientific American . Before joining Scientific American , he was senior writer at Climate Central, a nonprofit research and journalism organization, and before that he spent nearly 21 years at Time magazine, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories on about science and the environment, along with many smaller pieces.…read more

Michael D. Lemonick is Chief Opinion Editor at Scientific American. Before joining Scientific American, he was senior writer at Climate Central, a nonprofit research and journalism organization, and before that he spent nearly 21 years at Time magazine, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories on about science and the environment, along with many smaller pieces. He has also written six books, and written on a freelance basis for Discover, Slate, Audubon, Scientific American, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Newsweek and other magazines. He teaches science journalism at Princeton, and has also taught at Columbia, Johns Hopkins and New York University. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Tanya Lewis
Associate Editor, Health & Medicine
  • Location: New York, NY

Tanya Lewis is an associate editor who covers health and medicine at  Scientific American .…read more

Tanya Lewis is an associate editor who covers health and medicine at Scientific American. Previously, she was a reporter for The Scientist, and has written for publications including Business Insider, Live Science, Wired and others. She has a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Brown University and a graduate degree in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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