K.C. Cole, University of Southern California

Communication and Journalism Professor Los Angeles, California kccole@usc.edu Office: (213) 740-3950

Bio/Research

K.C. Cole, a long-time science writer for the Los Angeles Times, is a professor at USC Annenberg's School of Journalism. Cole’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, The Columbia Journalism Review, Newsweek, Esquire, Ms., The Washington Post and many other p...

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Bio/Research

K.C. Cole, a long-time science writer for the Los Angeles Times, is a professor at USC Annenberg's School of Journalism. Cole’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, The Columbia Journalism Review, Newsweek, Esquire, Ms., The Washington Post and many other publications; her work was featured in The Best American Science Writing 2004 and 2005, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002

Described by Amazon.com as “the Leonardo da Vinci of science writing,” she is the author of eight nonfiction books, most recently, “Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up"—a memoir/biography of her late mentor, the self-proclaimed “uncle” of the atomic bomb and founder of San Francisco’s world-renowned “museum of awareness,” the Exploratorium.

Cole’s recent radio commentaries can be heard on American Public Media's Marketplace; she was also a science commentator for KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) and year-end commentator for NPR’s Science Friday and BBC’s World Service. Before coming to USC, she developed and taught courses on science writing and culture at Yale, Wesleyan and UCLA. For many years, she wrote about politics, women’s issues, travel and education before meeting Frank Oppenheimer and becoming entranced with science.


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