Eric Niiler, Adjunct Faculty
Eric Niiler is a freelance science writer who has written about everything from dinosaurs to jaguars while reporting from Antarctica, Estonia, Finland, France, Iraq, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Capitol Hill. He is a correspondent for Discovery News, covering science, technology and history. He also is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and has written for Wired, Discover, Science News and Chemical & Engineering News.
He was a fellow at the Logan Science Journalism program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and received a National Science Foundation Antarctica Journalism Fellowship. A longtime journalist and editor, Niiler is a former reporter at National Public Radio, WETA-FM Washington, and KPBS-FM San Diego, and was a staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Patriot-Ledger and The Charleston Gazette. As executive editor at Capitol News Connection, he guided a team of reporters covering Congress for local public radio stations, serving as both mentor and editor. Niiler has a master’s degree in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a Level I Alpine certification from the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA).