About Me

Kitta MacPherson is an award-winning science writer and an expert in strategic communications.

A professional writer, she has worked in daily newspapers and, most recently, as director of communications at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

Before becoming a writer and science communicator at Princeton University, she enjoyed a career in daily newspaper journalism, most of it at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., where she reported on numerous breakthroughs in science and examined the research behind the controversies over genetically engineered food and climate change. She was one of the first to chronicle revolutionary advances in treatments for AIDS, cancer and addiction. She produced investigations of diet drugs and obesity statistics. Beyond the treasure trove of stories she has found in her own backyard, from the legacy of Einstein in Princeton to the brilliance of Bell Labs, she has traveled to Iceland, Switzerland, London and the Philippines to shine a light on issues at the intersection between research and culture.

MacPherson has won national recognition for her work, including from the National Association of Science Writer, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the New Jersey Press Association. She teaches journalism and writing at Rutgers University. She writes for the “Life of the Mind” section of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University.