About

I am a journalist, writer, storyteller and improviser based in Chicago. I currently serve as assistant director of communications for the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center where I write about research, and manage publications and social media. I previously served as publications editor for Science in Society at Northwestern University, and editor-in-chief of HELIX Magazine. In that role, I worked one-on-one with Northwestern STEM graduate student authors, teaching best practices in storytelling, such as crafting a narrative, engaging the audience and explaining complicated topics to the public. My work can also be seen in Discover Magazine.

I have a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where I was awarded the 2012 Harrington Award for journalistic promise and high scholastic achievement in magazine writing and editing. I spent the last three months of the program in London where I interned at the Ecologist, an online environmental magazine, as part of Medill’s Global Residency Program. I also have a B.S. in Communication from Northwestern, where I majored in Theatre and English.

After earning my undergraduate degree, I spent four years performing on various Chicago stages including the Goodman Theatre, The American Theater Company and Donny’s Skybox at The Second City. It was during this time that I discovered improvisation and sketch comedy, which I studied at The Second City, and iO Chicago. I have been performing with Storytown Improv, an improvised musical fairytale for kids, since August 2009.

My theatre background has given me a strong understanding of narrative and a deep appreciation for effective storytelling. I am passionate about using my storytelling, improvisation and writing skills to make science accessible to the public. I aim to bridge the gap between the lab and lay audience by crafting engaging, understandable and creative stories about science.

Contact at bethanyjhubbard@gmail.com