Multimedia Production

I have been a contractor with NASA in various capacities since 2014, telling stories of space exploration through text, interactive features, podcasts, and videos. Currently I am the multimedia lead for NASA Astrophysics through ASRC Federal at NASA Headquarters.

With director James Tralie, I am working on a documentary series called Other Worlds for the NASA+ platform about the James Webb Space Telescope’s planetary exploration. Episode 1 dropped in November 2023 and Episode 2 came out in February 2024.

In collaboration with a team at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory -- Dr. Kimberly Arcand, April Jubett, Megan Watzke -- I directed, wrote, and produced the documentary Listen to the Universe, also on NASA+.

I also contribute to NASA’s Curious Universe podcast. In the fall of 2023, I wrote, produced, and mixed this narrative episode in season 6 featuring three stories of people whose lives have been changed by doing citizen science. In 2021, I served as writer/producer on a mini-series about the Webb Telescope. This mini-series won a Webby Award in 2022. I often host Twitter Spaces and Instagram Live events for NASA about the observatory and other NASA science topics.

From 2019 to 2022 I was the lead producer on Gravity Assist, NASA’s podcast featuring conversations with scientists doing cutting-edge space research. I produced the EZ Science video series and edit website articles.

Long-form space stories

NASA’s GUSTO Prepares to Map Space Between the Stars

Historic Nebula Seen Like Never Before with NASA’s IXPE

NASA’s IXPE Helps Solve Black Hole Jet Mystery

From January 2018 to February 2020, I held a position called Senior Storyteller at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), working on multiplatform and long-form narrative stories.

NESSI Emerges as New Tool for Exoplanet Atmospheres – follow scientists as they set up a new instrument at Palomar Observatory

Follow That Planet! – why astronomers need to use telescopes on Earth when there are already spacecraft scanning the skies above the atmosphere

The Life and Death of a Planetary System – a seven-part interactive journey through billions of years, exploring how stars form, evolve and die.

Cosmic Detective Work: Why We Care About Space Rocks – a tour of the small worlds of the solar system and the spacecraft that explore them

How We Saved the Deep Space 1 Spacecraft – a longform narrative about the rescue of Deep Space 1

Symphony of Stars: The Science of Stellar Sound Waves – did you know the stars are singing?

Do-it-Yourself Science: Because We Are All Explorers – a project about citizen scientists around the world contributing to NASA discoveries

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars – did you know that the exoplanet telescope Kepler is teaching us about supernovae?

Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets – the first sign of planets around another star was in a spectrum taken more than 100 years ago, but no one knew it at the time.

Previous work

From, 2014-2017, I led news/media strategy for the following space missions at JPL:

Dawn – NASA’s mission to Vesta and Ceres that is the first spacecraft to orbit two extraterrestrial targets

Voyager – NASA’s twin spacecraft that collectively flew by all four outer planets. Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space!

Spitzer – NASA’s infrared telescope that helped reveal the seven Earth-sized planets of TRAPPIST-1

NuSTAR – NASA’s high-energy X-ray observatory

WISE – NASA’s spacecraft that scanned the entire sky in twice the infrared, and was reactivated as NEOWISE

Planck – ESA’s cosmic microwave background observatory, with NASA participation

Herschel – ESA’s space telescope viewing the universe in far-infrared and submillimeter wavelengths, with NASA participation