Laura Helmuth

Laura Helmuth is the Health, Science, and Environment Editor for The Washington Post, where she manages a team of a dozen reporters and three editors who cover all fields of research, science funding, health policy, and related subjects.

She has been an editor for National GeographicSlateSmithsonian, and Science magazines, and a freelance writer or editor for the New York Times, Nautilus, National Wildlife, Stanford Medicine and other publications.

She was president of the National Association of Science Writersfrom 2016 to 2018 and serves on the advisory boards of High Country NewsSpectrum, the Geological Society of Washington, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s SciLine service. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s standing committee on advancing science communication research and practice.

She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the U.C. Santa Cruz science writing program. She got her start in science writing as an intern for Science News.