Niiler is contributing writer at WIRED covering science and technology, and a freelance contributor to National Geographic, Medium, Experience Magazine, and The History Channel. His work has appeared on NPR, The Washington Post, and the Discovery Channel. He was a journalism fellow at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and the National Science Foundation Antarctica Journalism program. A longtime journalist and editor, Niiler is a former reporter at NPR, 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. On Capitol Hill, 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 II certification from the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA).