I’m an award-winning science journalist and editor based in Madison, Wisconsin, and am co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Open Notebook, a journalism nonprofit whose mission is to help journalists who cover science improve their skills.
I’ve written and edited hundreds of stories that span the full breadth of science, from psychology to conservation biology to medicine. My writing and editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, Science, Discover, Scientific American, bioGraphic, Science News, Science News for Students, and many other publications.
I’m the editor of The Craft of Science Writing, published by The Open Notebook in 2020. I was also first author of the psychology textbook Visualizing Psychology, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2008. I’ve been a member of the National Association of Science Writers since 1998 and was president of NASW from 2018-2020. I’m a member of the Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the DEI Coalition for Anti-Racist, Equitable, And Just Newsrooms, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and other professional organizations. I offer workshops and one-on-one consultations through The Open Notebook and speak regularly to professional groups and university programs. I have a Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University and live in Madison, Wisconsin. You can find me on various social media platforms @SiriCarpenter.