Hi. I'm JoAnna Klein. I'm a freelance science journalist based in Brooklyn. I grew up in North Carolina digging up dinosaur bones that didn’t exist, prospecting for diamonds that were just quartz, and managing a secret garden that was really a briar patch at the end of the street.
As an adult my unbridled imagination found its home in the field of science. After receiving my master’s in experimental psychology, I went on to publish research about how the brain processes emotion in Joseph LeDoux's lab at NYU. Now I hold up a magnifying glass to the unexpected ways in which science intersects with our everyday lives.
I love experimenting with form and finding new ways to tell stories in digital space.
I graduated with a Master of Arts in Journalism from NYU's Science, Health and Reporting Program. Right now, I "unearth fascinating morsels of science" for the Trilobites column at The New York Times Science Desk and the Observatory section of The Science Times. I've also been collaborating on The Daily 360, a spot for virtual reality videos, like this one about a dung beetle. I freelance as a writer and fact checker at various other outlets too. My stories have appeared in The New York Times, Inverse.com, Newsweek, Motherboard and The Scientist among others.
My obsession du jour is how regular people can inform scientific discovery and policy just by having a sense of home. I'm also into mushrooms, plant intelligence, the deep sea and awesome women scientists who don't get enough credit.