Sarah Scoles Freelance Science Journalist
AIAA SciTech Forum 2021
Sarah Scoles is a Denver-based freelance science journalist, a contributing writer at WIRED Science, and a contributing editor at Popular Science. She is also the author of the books Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers. Her work—which focuses on the space industry, national security space, and astrophysics research—has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Popular Science, VICE, The Verge, Scientific American, Air & Space, and NOVA, among others.
Previously, she was an associate editor at Astronomy magazine and a public education specialist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. There, she helped lead student research programs, including the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, the West Virginia Governor's STEM Institute, and the Radio-Astronomer-for-a-Day program. She also assisted with developing inquiry-based curricula, like that for Skynet Junior Scholars, and coordinated the observatory's public-outreach events. She obtained a B.A. in Astrophysics from Agnes Scott College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Cornell University.