Joshua SokolScience Writing


Joshua covers natural history through on-scene narratives, reported features, news, and commentary.
A portrait of Joshua Sokol holding an interesting stone
Joshua Sokol is a freelance science journalist based in his hometown of Raleigh, NC. After majoring in English Literature and Astronomy at Swarthmore College, he worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope. He then attended MIT’s graduate program in science writing from 2014-2015, where he was a CASW Taylor-Blakeslee Fellow.

Since then, his stories have appeared in Astronomy, The Atlantic, Audubon, The Boston Globe, ESPN the Magazine, Hakai, Mosaic, National Geographic, New Scientist, The New York Times, NOVA Next, Quanta, Science, Scientific American, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired.

Two of Joshua's pieces are reprinted in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020, four more of his stories have been listed in the "Other Notables" section of the series, and one of his pieces is reprinted in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2021.

2017: received the American Astronomical Society's Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award
2018: received CASW’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize given to a science journalist under 30
2019: won the David N. Schramm prize from the American Astronomical Society's High-Energy Astrophysics Division, received a mentored science journalism grant from CASW, and spent a month embedded in ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration as a Journalist Fellow
2020: received an American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award and the American Geophysical Union Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism
2021: received a yearlong reporting fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to focus on the environmental status of the night sky and space

You can also read an overly honest accounting of Joshua's workday over at the Open Notebook's "Day in the Life" series, see him retroactively justify writing choices in this Open Notebook Storygram, or learn about his 2022 reporting on space imagery in the Swarthmore Bulletin.