Paul began in journalism as an intern at the Atlantic Monthly in its final Boston days, followed by several years at an alumni magazine and then the Prague Post, the Czech expat newspaper, where he visited Europe’s last uranium mine and the radon spas of Jachymov. He returned to science coverage full-time after attending the MA in science journalism at Columbia University.
Over the past decade, as an enterprise reporter at Greenwire and then the Chronicle of Higher Education, Paul has covered nearly every scientific discipline, with the geosciences a constant, from series on clouds and carbon capture to a profile of the psychologist who exposed the roots of climate polarization. At Science, he’s honed his coverage on Earth and beyond, and, most importantly, on what gets left out when the final study appears—the researchers and messy realities behind scientific work.
He’s a graduate of Boston College, where he dabbled in physics, computer science, and English. In 2013, Paul received the Perlman news award from the American Geophysical Union, and in 2015 he was named an emerging writer at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. In 2020, he will receive the distinguished science journalism award from the American Meteorological Society.