Robert Frederick

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  • Username: sciencereporter
  • science journalist
  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent

Recent Pieces from Robert Frederick

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Ready to be Completely Wrong? Conjectural Genomics. (04:28)
From: Robert Frederick

"Ultraconserved elements" could be the most important parts of our genome, but scientists have no idea what they're for. And after a decade of studying them, Harvard's Ting ...
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Death by Infection: Bacteria in a Post-Antibiotic World (06:44)
From: Robert Frederick

The number of people dying from infections is likely to rise over in the coming years as more and more bacteria become drug-resistant. One of them, C. difficile, is already ...
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Power Poses: Are They Ultimately Good or Bad? (04:42)
From: Robert Frederick

Striking a power pose--standing like a superhero--may boost your confidence and get you short-term gains. But scientists don't yet know if, or when, such short-term gains ...
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Climate Change: Affecting The Seasons? (02:24)
From: Robert Frederick

Climate scientist and MacArthur "Genius" award-winner Ben Santer says scientists don't yet know if climate change is affecting the timing of the seasons, but he's starting to ...
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Climate Change: It's Not Just The Sun (04:02)
From: Robert Frederick

Climate scientist and MacArthur "Genius" award-winner Ben Santer on how scientists know that climate change is not just due to the Sun.

About Me

I'm a journalist and will follow a good story wherever it leads. In doing so, I have covered most sciences, as well as health, policy, education, and business.

With two dozen other writers/editors/producers, I co-authored a book called the "Science Writers' Handbook." I contributed the chapter on multimedia freelancing.

I've worked at two magazines -- American Scientist and Science -- and on staff at one radio station -- St. Louis Public Radio. At Science magazine, I was the host and sole producer of the weekly Science magazine podcast (2007-2011), which topped the iTunes podcast charts in the Science & Medicine category during my tenure at #3, behind only WNYC's Radiolab and NPR's Science Friday.

My memberships include the National Association of Science Writers and National Press Club. Please visit my website -- -- to learn about the workshops I conduct, consulting I do, and other activities, including reporting for national and international magazines.

My Groups:
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Robert is currently available for new projects, has a car, and is available to travel Internationally.


  • Producing: News
  • Advanced Web Knowledge
  • Field Recording
  • Hosting News Programs
  • Voice Talent
  • Editing
  • Social Networking Knowledge
  • Reporting
  • News Consulting
  • HTML: Moderate to High
  • Podcast Production: Moderate to High
  • Writing
  • Hosting Call-in and Live Programs

Available For

  • Multimedia
  • Consulting
  • Commentary
  • Field Recording
  • News Reporting
  • Documentary Production
  • Interviewing
  • Post Production
  • Mentoring
  • Tape Syncs
  • Print Reporting
  • Environmental Reporting
  • Voiceover
  • Arts Reporting
  • Sound Editing
  • Podcasting
  • video production
  • voice coaching
  • workshops
  • personal branding
  • websites


  • Hard Disc/Flash Recorder
  • Specialized Mics
  • Recording Studio
  • Hindenburg
  • Canon HFS21 HD video camera
  • iPad
  • and Final Cut

Languages I Speak

  • English
  • Japanese

Work Experience

Web Managing Editor (interim) at American Scientist magazine,  June 2013 - February 2014
manage all aspects of the online presence of American Scientist magazine

Web Editor at Science Magazine,  January 2007 - January 2011
multimedia producer, weekly podcaster, and web editor

Science Journalist at KWMU -- St. Louis Public Radio,  January 2005 - January 2007
Part-time, grant-funded science journalist for KWMU (2005-2006) and contractor (2006-2007

freelance at self-employed,  January 2003 - Present
freelance radio reporter, with credits on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as work at many stations

Previously Aired On

NPR, KWMU, WKAR, Michigan Radio, KUNC, Science Magazine (podcast), Financial Times (podcast)


University of Michigan, M.Sc., 2004

The University of Chicago, A.B., 1995


  • Travel Fellowship, National Association of Science Writers, 2013
  • Career Development Grant, National Association of Science Writers, 2010
  • Travel Fellowship, Fellowship to attend Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Lindau, Germany, 2009
  • Travel Fellowship, Fellowship to attend biennial World Conference of Science Journalists meeting in Melbourne, Australia, 2007
  • Medicine in the Media, Fellowship/travel to participate in NIH-sponsored program, 2006
  • Excellence in Journalism Award: Series, Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, 2006
  • Travel Fellowship to annual meeting, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, 2005
  • AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship, Fellowship to spend a summer working at a NPR-member station, 2003

Additional Information

Affiliations:  AIR, National Association of Science Writers (board member elected 2012), Authors Coalition of America, and and National Press Club
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