Gayathri Vaidyanathan

Environment/science reporter


Gayathri Vaidyanathan writes about the environment and science. She has reported and produced stories for Washington Post, Discover, Nature, The New York Times, ThinkProgress and other publications. She was the lead climate science reporter at E&E News in Washington, D.C. for six years.

She covers the impact of environment policies on society, particularly in the U.S. and the developing world. Over the past five years, she has travelled across North America, Africa and Asia on long form reporting projects. Her reportage from coal towns in West Virginia was awarded the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists Dateline Award for feature writing. In 2012, she received an award for the best science journalist under 30 from the National Association of Science Journalists. The group recognised the breadth of her coverage in a year where she covered stories from the Liberian rainforests to the oilfields of the U.S. Her coverage of fracking and groundwater contamination in the U.S. has prompted government investigations.

She has a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She also has an Hons. Bachelors in Biochemistry from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where she did lab research for the two years. She grew up in the U.A.E and Canada, and is now in Bangalore, India.