Writing Portfolio

You’ve found the writing portfolio of Virginia Hughes, science editor at BuzzFeed News. Before joining BuzzFeed, Ginny was an independent journalist specializing in genetics, neuroscience, and biotechnology. Her blog, Only Human, was published by National Geographic, and her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Slate.

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Nice Things

Arrested Development, a story I wrote for Mosaic about a 9-year-old girl who weighs 12 pounds, was featured on Longform’s Best of 2014: Science list, Longreads’s Best of 2014: Science, and Digg’s Best Long Reads.

23 and You, a story I wrote for Matter, was included in the 2014 edition of the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. The piece was also featured on Longform’s Best of 2013: Science and Technology list. And a year after it was published, it got a new ending.

Our Body the Ecosystem, a story I wrote for Popular Science, was included in the 2012 edition of the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology.

An animation I made called Fitting In was voted into the fabulous Science Studio.

Re-Awakenings, a story of an old theory that cured one woman’s rare sleeping sickness, was deemed best blog post of 2012 by Science Seeker.

Gray Matters Email Newsletter

Gray Matters is my monthly(ish) email newsletter. It’s short — a handful of stories/photos/infographics about medicine, brains, genes, technology, feminism, and the occasional dog. It’s free and I’ll never sell your info to a third party. Sign up here.