About Us

Undark is a non-profit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society. It is published with generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Our Name & Mission

The name Undark arises from a murky, century-old mingling of science and commerce — one that resulted in a radium-based industrial and consumer product, called Undark, that was both awe-inspiring and, as scientists would only 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.

Honors and Awards

Undark’s journalism has been anthologized in the “Best American Science and Nature Writing” book series, and our work is routinely republished by some of the world’s most respected media outlets, including The Atlantic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Time, Newsweek, NPR, Quartz, Salon, and Slate. Read more about republishing here.

The journalism produced by Undark and its contributors has also been honored with numerous awards. Among these are the 2018 George Polk Award for Environmental Journalism; the 2019 Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award; the 2017 Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism; and the 2018 NIHCM Digital Media Award. In addition, our work has been recognized with prizes and honors by numerous journalism organizations, including the Society for Environmental Journalists, the Association of Heath Care Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the Online News Association.

Advisory Board

Charles M. Blow, Shannon Brownlee, Raychelle Burks, Dan Fagin, Felice Frankel, David Kaiser, Alan Lightman, Melissa Nobles, David Quammen, Mary Roach, Phillip Sharp, Rebecca Skloot, George Whitesides, Carl Zimmer

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Deborah Blum

Editor in Chief

Tom Zeller Jr.

Deputy Editor

Jane Roberts

Articles Editor

Brooke Borel

Senior Editors

Karen Font
Matt Mahoney
Ashley Smart
Sara Talpos
Scott Veale

Contributing Editor

Michael Schulson

Production Editor

Amanda Grennell

Audience Engagement Editor

Francesca Schembri

Podcast Producer

Lydia Chain

Business Manager

Bettina M. Urcuioli

Administrative Assistant & Proofreader

Lucas Haugen





Publishing Partners

Undark’s conscientiously reported and fact-checked stories are trusted and republished by some of the world's most prominent media companies. If you are a publisher interested in collaborating with Undark, please contact us at editorial@undark.org.