Emiliano Rodríguez Mega | Science Journalist


I'm Emiliano, a bilingual science journalist and Mexico City native. I mostly cover research and science policy from Latin America, a beat that has been chronically underreported in mainstream media.

My work has been published in ScienceNatureScientific American, UndarkSciDev.Net, WWF, and elsewhere. I also have some experience in television reporting and photojournalism.

I'm the Associated Press's first Health & Science intern, based in their New York office. From 2016 to 2017, I was an editorial intern at Radio Ambulante, NPR’s only Spanish-language podcast.

I moved to New York City to pursue a master’s degree in Science, Health & Environmental Reporting at NYU.

Selected work

  Photo by Janice Bryson

Photo by Janice Bryson

A story I covered for TV UNAM's Simbiosis about ancient farming practices in modern Mexico

 2016 Logan Science Journalism Fellowship   |  Photo by Tom Kleindinst

2016 Logan Science Journalism Fellowship Photo by Tom Kleindinst

My piece about Mexico City's air pollution for TV UNAM's Simbiosis

 Reporting a story in Placencia, Belize |  Photo by Antonio Busiello

Reporting a story in Placencia, Belize | Photo by Antonio Busiello

 Preparing to shoot a fish at the New York Aquarium during an assignment for the Associated Press |  Photo by Bebeto Matthews/AP

Preparing to shoot a fish at the New York Aquarium during an assignment for the Associated Press | Photo by Bebeto Matthews/AP


Associated Press

Kidneys infected with hepatitis C can help patients skip the yearslong transplant waiting list
August 6, 2018

The Green Big Apple: New Yorkers documents the city's plants
With photos
August 3, 2018

Water is buried beneath Martian landscape, study says
July 25, 2018

TravelLab: Adults take over science museum when the night falls
With photos and video
July 16, 2018

Ancient 'Iceman' shows signs of a well-balanced last meal
July 12, 2018

AP Explains: a closer look to Guatemala's Volcano of Fire
June 4, 2018


La depresión después del Prozac / Depression after Prozac
Originally published in Spanish
February 22, 2016

Nature: the silent victim of Colombia's armed conflict                 
July 27, 2017


Argentinian geoscientist faces criminal charges over glacier survey 
With Jeff Tollerson
December 6, 2017

Deadly Mexico earthquake had unusual cause 
September 9, 2017

What happened at March for Science events around the world
Covered Mexico City
April 21, 2017

Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals
With Quirin Schiermeier
December 23, 2016


Reservas marinas: aliadas contra cambio climático
Originally published in Spanish
September 12, 2017

México: científicos rechazan posible recorte presupuestal
Originally published in Spanish
October 24, 2016

Brazilian team exposes fish fraud   
October 25, 2015


Plans for a research powerhouse in the Andes begin to unravel
July 21, 2017

Cocaine trafficking is destroying Central America’s forests
June 16, 2017

Argentina’s scientists engulfed in budget crisis
November 16, 2016

Fighting wildlife smuggling, one DNA test at a time
August 26, 2015

Mapping Mexico's deadly drug war
June 30, 2015


This HIV-prevention drug is often not prescribed to those who need it most
April 18, 2018

Are pets good or bad for your child’s allergies?
January 31, 2018

A Brazilian city is using DNA to combat the ancient scourge of rats
November 14, 2017

Changes in Ecuador’s ‘seed law’ angers and frustrates scientists
November 13, 2017

Scientific American

Amazon gold rush continues to destroy Peru’s rain forest
November 17, 2017

Oil spills stain Peruvian Amazon
March 4, 2016

¿Las áreas protegidas realmente mantienen a salvo nuestros bosques?
Originally published in Spanish
May 11, 2016


Guardians of the Reef
April 15, 2016

Eyes on the Water


A rollback of DACA would undercut American science, too
January 29, 2018


Contact me

Got a tip or a story idea? Send me a message or email me at mega.fciencias@gmail.com

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