Gayathri Vaidyanathan


Gayathri Vaidyanathan is an Indian Canadian journalist who writes about science, tech and the environment. Her print and audio work has appeared in Nature, Discover, The Washington Post, Undark, The New York Times, BBC and others. She was a staff reporter for Washington, D.C.-based E&E News, covering climate change for many years. She has written magazine stories from India, Liberia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and other places. In 2020, she received the British Association of Science Writers feature award for a story about India’s tigers, and she was part of the team that received the 2019 George Polk Award for environmental reporting. She received an award from the Society for Professional Journalists in 2014 and from the National Association of Science Writers in 2012. She’s received many fellowships. She holds a master’s from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in biochemistry from McMaster University in Ontario, where she investigated enzyme kinetics. She splits her time between Germany and India.