Kara Platoni is an award-winning freelance science reporter based in Oakland, California, and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She specializes in the futuristic, the mysterious and the delightfully strange.
Before she began teaching, Kara spent two years as the senior editor of environmental magazine Terrain, and eight years as a staff writer for the alternative weekly the East Bay Express, where she covered anything that involved a good mystery, an action adventure and some fantastic characters. Her honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Journalism Award and the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists.
Kara co-hosts The Field Trip Podcast, an audio adventure that explores how science works in the real world. She also spent six years volunteering as the board secretary for the Office of Letters and Light, the arts nonprofit that runs National Novel Writing Month, during which thousands of people from around the globe attempt to dash off 50,000-word novels each November. (She’s completed ten.)
Kara earned her master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and her undergraduate degree in sociology from Scripps College, where she got her start in media as the music director and sound engineer for student radio station KSPC. She plays the drums, but not particularly well.
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