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Awards and Honors

  • Paris Accords of Science National Press Foundation Fellow 2019 

  • National Academies of Science Keck Award for Magazine Writing 2018

  • USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, CA Reporting Fellow 2018

  • Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism 2016-2017 

  • Harvard Medical School Mental Health Reporting Fellow 2015 

  • DC Science Writers Association Award in Short Science Journalism 2015 

  • Brown University Commencement Speaker, 2007

Writing, Reporting & Editing


Jun. 2016-present|Lotus, CA

  • Conducted an investigation on palliative care for The Washington Post and a deep dive on ketamine for Knowable. 

  • Write weekly stories on earth science for Eos.

  • Contribute bi-monthly essays to acclaimed science writing website The Last Word On Nothing

  • Have written for Smithsonian, High Country News, Medium, Wired, Science News, and NASA. Please see selected work at www.emily-underwood.com.

Contributing Correspondent, Science 

Jun. 2016-Present|Lotus, CA

  • Write deeply reported print and online magazine stories on neuroscience and other topics, including a 2018 National Academies Keck Futures Award-winning feature on mental health among Iraqi refugees.

Staff Reporter, Science 

Dec. 2012-Jun. 2016|Washington, D.C.

  • Reported and wrote print features on neuroscience, including complex and controversial topics such as autism, gun violence and neuroethics.

  • Wrote daily online news, including several of Science’s most highly-viewed web stories. 

  • Attended scientific and government meetings to cultivate a broad network of sources.

  • Edited Science’s “News in Brief” print section and online stories.

  • Collaborated with multimedia team to obtain art for stories and produced infographics, videos and podcasts.

Intern, Science 

Jul.-Dec. 2012|Washington, D.C.

  • Produced 30 originally reported pieces, including multiple print stories and magazine-length features.

  • Produced “Science LiveChats,” video Q&As with scientists on topics such as gun violence and environmental toxicology.

Writing Instructor, Johns Hopkins University 

Sept.2011-May 2012 |Baltimore, MD

  • Wrote curriculum for and taught undergraduate course in science journalism and writing.

Communications Associate, American Rivers

Nov.2010-May 2011|Washington, D.C.

  • Wrote and edited all press materials for national river conservation organization, including the “10 Most Endangered Rivers” campaign.

Editorial Intern, High Country News                                                                                                  

Jan.-July 2009|Paonia, CO

  • Wrote stories on environment and culture in the West, including a print feature on Arapaho language preservation on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.          

Intern, Planning and Conservation League                                                                         

Aug.-Oct. 2008 |Sacramento, CA

  • Researched, edited and wrote policy materials on water policy and endangered species.      

Leadership & Technical Skills

Board Member, Capital Science Communicators

April 2018-Present

  • Sacramento professional development for journalists, scientists, policymakers and PIOs.

Journalists in Classrooms 

May 2019-Present

  • Volunteer in Sacramento-area classrooms. 

Technical Skills 

  • Proficient in MLA, APA and AP style; Microsoft Office; Adobe Acrobat; Google suite; WordPress; Photoshop; Garageband; Final Cut Pro; public speaking.


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Master of Arts in Science Writing May 2012

Brown University, Providence, RI

Bachelor of Arts in Science & Society May 2007