Nadia Whitehead is an expert science communicator, multimedia science journalist and freelance writer. Based in the Southwest, her freelance work has appeared in NPR, Science Magazine, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, and Everyday Health, among others. She’s also written for Undark, a publication of MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program.
Nadia has consulted for and contracted with multiple higher education institutions, helping land science and health stories in the New York Times, Newsweek, Science, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, WebMD, MedPage Today, Reader’s Digest, Fox News, NBC and other national news outlets.
Nadia studied anthropology and multimedia journalism at The University of Texas at Austin where she got hooked on science reporting — a subject she finds both fascinating and stimulating. The Texan, who’s quite curious about most subjects, has written about everything from carnivorous crickets to proteins in preeclampsia and geothermal energy generation.
Today, Nadia is the lead public affairs officer for the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian where she works closely with Harvard and Smithsonian leadership to execute research communications strategies. Nadia previously served as the director of communications at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She earned a Master of Arts in Science-Medical Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2016. Before that, she wrote press releases and news stories related to research occurring at The University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.