2002 Recipient: Online
AAAS Science Journalism Awards
Alan Boyle is not a trained scientist, but he plays one on TV. As MSNBC.com’s science editor, he deals with space shots, quantum dots, nanobots and more—a virtual curiosity shop of the physical sciences plus paleontology, archaeology and other “ologies” that strike his fancy. He has already used up more than his allotted 15 minutes of fame on NBC’s “Today,” “Nightly News” and MSNBC on cable. During a quarter-century of daily journalism in Cincinnati, Spokane and Seattle, he has survived a hurricane, a volcanic eruption and an earthquake. He has faith he’ll survive the Internet as well.
He has worked at The Cincinnati Post, The Spokesman-Review and was foreign desk editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer prior to joining MSNBC.com.
Boyle received his B.A. in English, writing and philosophy from Loras College and his M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.