Valerie Brown

Salem, OR USA

Professional Experience

Prize-winning freelancer with background in science writing including climate, environmental health, and nuclear issues; also arts & culture writer, particularly popular songwriting and music history. I write about complex subjects in a vernacular style that puts readers at ease and invites them to learn something they don't already know.


20 Years
20 Years
20 Years


Environment & Nature
15 Years
15 Years
20 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
20 Years
Professional Journal
15 Years
Online/new media
15 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Scientific American (1-2), Pacific Standard (fka Miller-McCune) (1-2), Environmental Health Perspectives (6-10)

Other Work History

Legal Secretary Musician

Technical Skills

copy editing, photo editing (Fireworks), sound editing (Cakewalk Sonar), basic web design (Adobe Muse)

Computer Skills

Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Muse, Filezilla, Cakewalk Sonar, Skype, Excel (entry level)


digital audio recorder, microphone, laptop, basic point-&-shoot digital camera


Susan Booker, Environmental Health Perspectives John Mecklin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists David Biello, Scientific American


First Place, Explanatory Writing in Print, Society of Environmental Journalists, 2009


National Association of Science Writers Society of Environmental Journalists



Increased dissolved carbon dioxide in the oceans may make marine microbes like dinoflagellates pump out more toxins that collect in shellfish and other seafood, putting consumers at serious risk of nerve damage and even death.
Beneath the Columbia River Basin, a real-life trial of the uncertain science of carbon sequestration

Science Writing

Emerging research shows that bacteria have powers to engineer the environment, to communicate and to affect human well-being. They may even think.
a look at why the weapons waste plant may be prone to nuclear chain reactions, hydrogen explosions, and equipment failures

Environmental Health

Lipsticks and lip glosses may have unhealthy levels of lead, aluminum, manganese, titanium, chromium, cadmium, nickel, and cobalt that can be ingested.