fiona macdonald

Fiona MacDonald is the CEO of ScienceAlert. She’s worked on the site as an editor and journalist since its launch in 2006, and took over as CEO in 2017. 

An award-winning science journalist with 15 years of experience, she has worked at Cosmos magazine and Madison magazine, and reported for Popular Science, Vogue, GQ, ABC Science, the Sydney Morning Herald, Marie Claire, and Australian Geographic. For her reporting on the anti-vaccination movement in Australia, Fiona was awarded the Young Journalist of the Year award by Publishers Australia in 2010.

Fiona is a vocal supporter of women in science and leadership roles, and has worked with organisations including the Australian Science Media Centre and the Walkley Foundation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with first class honours from the University of Melbourne and went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Journalism at Deakin University.

Fiona believes anyone with access to the internet deserves high-quality, accurate, and engaging science content. Most importantly, she thinks that scientific education can change the world. She lives with her husband and young daughter on the Central Coast, Australia, and is most often found on the beach, on the yoga mat, riding horses, or walking in nature.

Twitter: @fionajmacdonald

Looking back on the first-ever photo of quantum entanglement
Fiona MacDonald   26 JULY 2020
This video of bullets hitting 'unbreakable' Prince Rupert's drops will blow your mind
Fiona MacDonald   22 APRIL 2020
Physicists have identified a metal that conducts electricity but not heat

Defying one of the most fundamental laws of conductors.

Fiona MacDonald   30 NOVEMBER 2019
This simple 3-minute animation will change your perception of time forever
Fiona MacDonald   23 OCTOBER 2019
Here are 10 not-so-obvious things you can do to help the planet today
Fiona MacDonald   22 SEPTEMBER 2019
9 ways today's society is like the one that filled Earth with garbage in WALL-E
Fiona MacDonald   19 SEPTEMBER 2019
Can you swim in shade balls? This YouTuber was wild enough to try
Fiona MacDonald   15 JUNE 2019