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22 October 2013
The path of science news goes something like this: Nature is doing something interesting, scientist discovers the interesting thing, reporter talks to scientist, public hears reporter, public understands nature better, world is a better place. This is what I learned over the summer working as a science reporter at KQED public radio in San Francisco.
This summer, AGU sponsored me as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Fellow. The fellowship gives about a dozen young scientists each year the opportunity to cultivate their communications skills while also providing media outlets with a temporary scientific expert.
29 July 2013
The news broke around 4:00 p.m. on Fri., June 30. I was sitting at my desk at KQED (San Francisco’s local NPR affiliate) when the office began to buzz. Editors and producers were literally running around the office. Most of the reporters had already left for the weekend. I was about to head home myself when my producer and mentor, Molly Samuel, turned to me and said, “There’s breaking news – same sex couples are lining up at San Francisco’s City Hall. Would you be interested in recording interviews?”