DEBORAH BLUM, Publisher | @deborahblum
TOM ZELLER JR., Editor in Chief | @tomzellerjr
DAVID CORCORAN, Senior Editor | @dacorc
JANE ROBERTS, Associate Editor | @j_roberts8
ANAR BADALOV, Marketing Manager | @newdogmusic
ROBIN LLOYD, Senior Writer | @robinlloyd99
BETTINA M. URCUIOLI, Business Manager | @betty_the_nah
BROOKE BOREL, Editor-at-large | @brookeborel
JOHN MONTORIO, Editor-at-large | @johnmontorio
SCOTT VEALE, Editor-at-large | @scottveale
MIRANDA WILLSON, Editorial Intern
MARCUS HAUGEN, Marketing Intern
Charles M. Blow, Shannon Brownlee, Raychelle Burks, Dan Fagin, Felice Frankel, David Kaiser, Tom Levenson, Alan Lightman, David Quammen, Mary Roach, Phillip Sharp, Rebecca Skloot, George Whitesides, Carl Zimmer
Undark is a non-profit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society. It is underwritten by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program, through a generous endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It is published by the Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Charity ID: 04-210-3594).
The name Undark arises from a murky, century-old mingling of science and commerce — one that resulted in an industrial and consumer product that was both awe-inspiring and, as scientists would later prove, toxic and deadly. We appropriate the name as a signal to readers that our magazine will explore science not just as a “gee-whiz” phenomenon, but as a frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture.
As such, the intersection of science and society — the place where science is articulated in our politics and our economics; or where it is made potent and real in our everyday lives — is a fundamental part of our mission at Undark. As journalists, we recognize that science can often be politically, economically and ethically fraught, even as it captures the imagination and showcases the astonishing scope of human endeavor. Undark will therefore aim to explore science in both light and shadow, and to bring that exploration to a broad, international audience.
Undark is not interested in “science communication” or related euphemisms, but in true journalistic coverage of the sciences.