Laura Geggel

Hello, I'm Laura Geggel.

I'm an editor at Live Science, where I edit the archaeology/history channel and the popular Life's Little Mysteries series. I also report on several beats, including paleontology, animals, archaeology and Earth science. Depending on the day, I'll debunk unsound scientific claims, such as the suggestion by a doctor that went viral at the beginning of the pandemic that people should wash their produce with soap. (After the article came out, the doctor changed course.) And taking a hard look at a claim that the fabled city of Atlantis is in Spain.

My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Popular Science, Spectrum News (a site on autism research), Focus at Harvard Medical School and Scholastic's SuperScience and Science World. In the Seattle area, my writing has been published in The Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the SnoValley Star and The Issaquah Press.

You can read a profile about me on Scientific American's blog network.

I'm a Seattle native who grew up hiking in the Cascades. I earned my master of arts degree in journalism and an advanced certificate in science, health and environmental reporting from New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. I'm also a photographer, video editor and podcast editor. Listen to my archived radio episodes on WNYU's student-run science radio show, The Doppler Effect on 89.1 FM, or the Science Times podcast I produced for The New York Times.

​You can read my latest Live Science stories here.

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