Peter Aldhous

Science journalist, BuzzFeed News

Peter Aldhous

Science journalist, BuzzFeed News


Peter Aldhous is a reporter on the science and health desk at BuzzFeed News, based in San Francisco. His interests span biology, medicine, social sciences and the environment — from genetics and stem cells, through ecology and conservation, to psychology and psychiatry. He is especially interested in investigative and data-driven journalism.

He also teaches investigative and policy reporting in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and data visualization in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. And he runs training workshops in data analysis and visualization for journalists and other professionals — mostly for the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute.

He got his break in journalism in 1989 as a reporter for Nature in London, fresh from a PhD in animal behavior. He worked as European correspondent for Science, as news editor for New Scientist and chief news & features editor with Nature, before moving to California in 2005 to become New Scientist’s San Francisco bureau chief.

His articles have won awards from the Association of British Science Writers, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the UK Guild of Health Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Royal Statistical Society and the Wistar Institute. And his maps of U.S. government surveillance flights were named data visualization of the year in the Global Editors Network’s 2016 Data Journalism Awards.

Sessions as a Speaker

W3) Data Analysis in R for Journalists

26 October 2017
8:00 am – 11:45 am
  • Marriott Marquis: Salons 10-12