Aleszu Bajak

Full-stack Science Journalist

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

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 Classic, a curated interface for Esquire’s digital 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 firstname.

A more complete list of published works

Colombian coffee science

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

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


Argentina: The RNA Sleuths

Chikungunya in the Caribbean

The Washington Post

Her brain tormented her, and doctors could not understand why

What does Twitter say about your diet?


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

Trunk magazine

Darwin, Neruda and Me

Beer Advocate magazine

Unlocking the Science of Hop Aromas

The Lager Yeast Genome Project

Brewing in Thin Air

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
Digital cartography workshop, Nieman Foundation, 2015
What Is Data Journalism?, Northeastern University, 2014
What Is Science Journalism?, Framingham State University, 2014

Classes taught
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
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