Laura Helmuth

Dr. Laura Helmuth is one of the most respected science journalists in the country. She is currently the health, science, and environment editor at The Washington Post. Previously, she has served as the director of digital news at National Geographic. For four years, she was the genius behind Slate’s imaginative science coverage, including a fascinating series on the doubling of the human lifespan that asked readers to share why they are not dead yet.

She has been a health/science editor for nearly two decades, including at Smithsonian and Science magazines. She is president of the National Association of Science Writers. She holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley.