Undark Columnists


Maggie Koerth-Baker — Maggie is an American science journalist, former New York Times Magazine columnist, and current senior science reporter for the website FiveThirtyEight. She is the author of the 2012 book “Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us,” and her work was included in the 2014 “Best American Science and Nature Writing” anthology. She writes about the intersection of science and culture.


Paul Raeburn — Paul Raeburn, a journalist, blogger, and broadcaster, is a former science editor at BusinessWeek and The Associated Press and has written for The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, MedPage Today and many others. A past president of the National Association of Science Writers, he is the author of five books, including The Game Theorist’s Guide To Parenting (FSG), and the associate producer of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast.

Cross Sections Anchors


Aleszu Bajak — Aleszu is co-anchor of the Cross Sections blog and a freelance journalist covering science across the Americas for outlets like The Washington Post, Nature, and Science. In addition to teaching journalism, design, data visualization and programming at Northeastern University and Brandeis University, he has been a freelance reporter in Latin America, a producer for the public radio show Science Friday, and once upon a time worked in the gene therapy department at Weill Cornell.


Alexis Sobel Fitts — In addition to co-anchoring the Cross Sections blog, Alexis is an editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, where writes long-form features on the science media for the magazine, and oversees The Observatory, CJR’s blog providing insightful commentary and explanatory reporting on the science, medical, environmental and technology press. Her freelance work has appeared in Mother Jones, Wired, Popular Mechanics, OnEarth, Salon, among other publications.