Aleszu Bajak

Full-stack Science Journalist

Aleszu Bajak is a journalist covering science, energy, the environment, and health across the Americas. He's the founder and editor of, a resource for science news out of Latin America. He is also the editor of Esquire Classics, a project from Esquire adding new life to stories from the magazine's 82-year archive. In 2013 he was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at M.I.T. where he explored the interface between journalists, designers and developers. He now teaches journalism at Northeastern University's Media Innovation program and edits, an under the hood guide to digital storytelling. Before freelance reporting from Latin America, he worked as a producer for the NPR talk show Science Friday. He writes for Esquire, The Washington Post, Nature, and Science, among other outlets. He can be reached at

A more complete list of published works

Colombian coffee science

Global Post

Fossil fuels get a lot more global subsidies than public health does


Argentina: The RNA Sleuths

New Scientist

Catcher in the fog

Ensia magazine

In Water We Trust

Represas hidroeléctricas propician extinción de especies

Trunk magazine

Darwin, Neruda and Me

Beer Advocate magazine

The Lager Yeast Genome Project

Christian Science Monitor

São Paulo razes crack cocaine shantytown

Speaking engagements
Power of Narrative conference, Boston University, 2015
Storytelling with Data, Boston University, 2015
World Conference of Science Journalists, Seoul, South Korea, 2015
Digital cartography workshop, Nieman Foundation, 2015
What Is Data Journalism?, Northeastern University, 2014
What Is Science Journalism?, Framingham State University, 2014

Classes taught
Spring 2015
StoryLab: Reinventing Magazine Journalism, Northeastern Journalism School
Summer 2014
Foreign Correspondence in the Digital Age, Harvard Extension School

Fellowships, Awards
Knight Science Journalism Fellow, M.I.T., 2013—2014
Ocean Science Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, September, 2014
Best magazine writing, North American Guild of Beer Writers
Stemming the Rise of Barley Disease, 3rd place, 2014
Brewing in Thin Air, 3rd place, 2013