Nicholas St. Fleur is an award-winning freelance science journalist and a children's STEM author based on Long Island, New York. He is also a Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow with STAT covering the intersection of race, medicine, and the life sciences.
He has written more than 300 stories for The New York Times and is a regular contributor to the science desk's Trilobites column. He reports on archaeology, paleontology, human evolution, natural history, space, and other curiosities of the cosmos. His other areas of interest include citizen science, K-12 STEM education, and diversity in science.
In March of 2020, he published his first children's book, "Did You Know? Dinosaurs" (DK Publishing and the Smithsonian).
Mr. St. Fleur joined The New York Times in 2015 and worked as a staff reporter on the science desk for three years before moving to California. As a freelancer, he continues to write for the science section, as well as for The New York Times for Kids and other publications.
While at the Times, he was a lead reporter covering the 2017 Great American Eclipse. In 2018 he received the Gene S. Stuart Award from the Society for American Archaeology for the feature story “Medical Tales from a Crypt in Lithuania,” and for his coverage of mummies, pyramids, and shipwrecks. He also received an honorable mention from the D.C. Science Writers Association's 2017 Newsbrief Award for his story "Newly Discovered Gecko Escapes Danger Naked and Alive."
Prior to joining The Times, he reported for The Atlantic, where he covered everything from space probes on comets to protests on the New York City streets. He has also written for Scientific American, Science Magazine, NPR, and The San Jose Mercury News.
Mr. St. Fleur graduated from Cornell University, where he studied biology, minored in communication, and served as the science editor of The Cornell Daily Sun. He completed his graduate work in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Email him at and follow him on Twitter @scifleur
Science & Health Stories
As the U.S. edges closer to approving a vaccine for Covid-19, a difficult decision is emerging as a central issue:
A national panel of medical experts recommended on Tuesday that most Americans start being screened...
The presidents of two historically Black universities in New Orleans thought they were doing a public service...
How to find constellations, planets and stories in the sky.
If you need pointers for how to conduct a toy dinosaur battle...
Paleontologists say parents should nurture children’s romance with playing with dinosaurs...
A skull found in a South African cave suggests that the species went through a process of microevolution during a chaotic environmental shift.
The men might have been among the earliest to be kidnapped from their homeland and brought to the Americas.
The excavation found the oldest known Homo erectus, a direct ancestor of our species, living around the same time as other extinct hominins.
View a selection of my longer stories that have appeared in print and read them online.
A selection of my STEM stories for young readers. The New York Times for Kids is print-only and runs every last Sunday of the month.
Dazzle your dino-lovers at home with my informational picture book, "Did You Know? Dinosaur." They will have a great time learning cool new facts about these awesome prehistoric creatures. You can purchase the book here.
Video, Speaking, and Virtual Visits
I am always looking for opportunities to share science stories through multimedia.
For The New York Times, I have filmed more than a dozen Facebook Live science videos. Several of those videos were shot aboard a research vessel 100 miles off the coast of Maine. There, I documented marine scientists as they ventured to the seafloor in the Alvin submersible. I have also helped craft scripts for The NYT's science video series, ScienceTake about brewing homemade explosive lava, and a cockroach's karate kick.
I also enjoy speaking with classrooms and other groups about being a science reporter and the craft of science writing. If you would like to have me virtually speak with your classroom or group, please send me an email at for more information.
The Craft of Science Journalism:
November 2020: STEM Panelist for the Online Nonfiction Workshop hosted by the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Smithsonian
October 2020: Virtual talk given to student journalists at The University of Michigan.
October 2020: Virtual talk given to science journalists at The Cornell Daily Sun, the student-run newspaper of Cornell University.
October 2020: Virtual talk given to Cornell University Ph.D. students interested in science communication.
August 2020: Virtual panelist to the AAAS Mass Media Fellows, a cohort of scientists turned science journalists.
August 2020: Virtual talk given to Stanford University ADVANCE scholars, a group of incoming Stanford Ph.D. students.
July 2020: Virtual talk given to Curious Science Writers, a group of high school students interested in science communication.
June 2020: Virtual talk given to NPR Scicommers, a group of scientists interested in science communication.
In this story, I let readers in on my research and writing process.
Here I am with my first children's dinosaur book, my first cover story for the New York Times for Kids, and a bunch of dinosaur drawings I made when I was a lil' dino-lover!
I am currently taking reporting assignments to cover all kinds of scientific research, especially in the fields of archaeology, paleontology, and space. I am also always on the hunt for my next children's book.
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Nicholas St. Fleur - Email me at and follow me on Twitter @scifleur