Aleszu Bajak

Science Journalist

Published works | Speaking engagements | Classes taught | Fellowships & Awards

Aleszu Bajak is a journalist who covers science across the Americas and teaches journalism at Northeastern University's Media Innovation program. He is the editor of, an under the hood guide to digital storytelling, and Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine. 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 has been a freelance reporter in Latin America, a producer for the public radio show Science Friday, and once upon a time worked in the gene therapy department at Weill Cornell. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Nature, Science, New Scientist, and Guernica, among other outlets. He grew up in New Jersey, Germany and Colombia and has lived in Chile, Peru and Argentina. Yes, he considers Jersey a country. He can be reached at firstname.

A more complete list of published works
The Washington Post

Her brain tormented her, and doctors could not understand why

What does Twitter say about your diet?


Chile’s scientists take to the streets

Argentina: The RNA Sleuths

Chikungunya in the Caribbean

Key Galapagos research station in trouble

Science Insider

Colombian coffee science

Lectures aren’t just boring, they’re ineffective, too

Abundant natural gas may do little to reduce U.S. emissions


Phil Caputo: What I've Learned

Don Zimmer’s Hard Head

New Scientist

Catcher in the fog

Global Post

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

Ensia magazine

In Water We Trust


Safeguarding biodiversity in tourism hotspots

Represas hidroeléctricas propician extinción de especies

Prevenir pandemias es más barato que combatirlas

Intervención de la comunidad ayuda a prevenir el Chagas

Modern Farmer

Colombian coffee at the crossroads

The Specialty Coffee Chronicle

Can the world’s growing appetite for unique coffee save Brazil’s specialty coffee farms?

Trunk magazine

Darwin, Neruda and Me

Beer Advocate magazine

Unlocking the Science of Hop Aromas

The Lager Yeast Genome Project

Brewing in Thin Air

Global Post

Failures of Brazil's universal health care plan offer lessons for the US

Christian Science Monitor

São Paulo razes crack cocaine shantytown

Speaking engagements
Iberoamerican conference on science journalism, Digital frontiers, Mexico, 2015
Power of Narrative conference, Boston University, 2015
Storytelling with Data, Boston University, 2015
World Conference of Science Journalists, Seoul, South Korea, 2015
Ciencia y periodismo, Nexos Chile-USA, Harvard University D.R.C.L.A.S., 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 2016
Science and Journalism in Society, Brandeis University
Fall 2015
Media Innovation Studio, Northeastern Journalism School
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
Information is Beautiful Award Shortlist for, 2015
Best magazine writing, North American Guild of Beer Writers
Unlocking the Science of Hop Aromas, 1st place, 2015
Stemming the Rise of Barley Disease, 3rd place, 2014
Brewing in Thin Air, 3rd place, 2013