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Kathleen Masterson

Reynolds Associate Professor of Practice in Science Communication


Kathleen Masterson is an award-winning multimedia journalist who covers science, environment and agriculture. She worked as a digital producer for NPR’s science desk and for NPR affiliates covering agriculture and environment.

Kathleen produced and edited daily science and health news for NPR for several years; she covered topics ranging from human evolution to psychiatric diagnoses to plastics in chemicals to earthquakes. She developed graphics, videos and interactives to communicate complex science topics in engaging and informative ways. In addition, Kathleen was the digital producer for an NPR series covering universities’ failure to provide justice for campus rapes, which won a Peabody Award.

Kathleen also worked as an agriculture reporter for an NPR project in the Midwest and an energy/environment reporter for a similar collaborative in New England. While working for Vermont Public Radio, Kathleen won a national Edward R. Murrow award for her story covering the wave of immigrants fleeing the U.S., walking through the woods into Canada to seek asylum.

Kathleen’s work has been published and aired on NPR, Marketplace, Grist, PBS NOVA and many NPR affiliates, including WBUR’s Here and Now. She also worked as a science writer and video producer for UC San Francisco and developed some fun web videos and explainers.


  • Master's in Journalism with a focus in Science Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and English, Bowdoin College