Rebecca Boyle

As a journalist, Rebecca Boyle has reported from particle accelerators, genetic sequencing labs, bat caves, the middle of a lake, the tops of mountains, and the retractable domes of some of Earth’s largest telescopes. Her first book, OUR MOON: How Earth’s Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are (Random House, 2024) is a new history of humanity’s relationship with the Moon, which Rebecca has not yet visited on assignment.

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., Rebecca is a contributing editor at Scientific American, a contributing writer at Quanta Magazine and The Atlantic, and a columnist at Atlas Obscura. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Smithsonian Air & Space, and Popular Science. Her work has appeared in Wired, MIT Technology Review, Nature, Science, Popular Mechanics, New Scientist, Audubon, Distillations, and many other publications.

Rebecca’s work has been anthologized multiple times in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series, and she is the recipient of multiple writing awards throughout her career. As a daily newspaper reporter, Rebecca interviewed presidents and presidential candidates, state and local lawmakers, and covered major criminal court cases. Rebecca got her start in a small newsroom, but attending Space Camp in 6th grade is really what set the course of her career.

  • Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award, 2019
  • Popular Writing Award, Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, 2019
  • First Place, Environmental Reporting, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters, 2009
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