Rebecca Coffey

Science Writer

Rebecca Coffey


Natural Sciences, Social Sciences


Webster University and California State University, Long Beach


Working in television, radio, and print, Rebecca Coffey has been an award-winning science journalist for 35 years.


Coffey began her career in science journalism by producing video documentaries about health and mental health that were broadcast nationally. For about a decade she was a broadcast radio commentator for Vermont Public Radio. She has written several books and has contributed to leading general science and social science outlets such as Scientific American, Psychology Today, Discover Magazine, and newspapers nationwide.

Her awards and accolades include: 

  • Writer/producer of several broadcast documentaries that won the CINE Golden Eagle and top honors at the Columbus International Film Festival and the American Film and Video Festival. 
  • Writer/voice of four commentaries that were part of a Vermont Public Radio series that won a Vermont Associated Press award for coverage of the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. 
  • Author of the Choice Magazine award-winning book Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings (Sidran Press, 1998). 
  • Author of the fact-based novel, Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story (She Writes Press, 2014), named an “Over the Rainbow” book by the GLBT panel of the American Library Association.


Coffey earned an M.A. in Theater from California State University, Long Beach, and a double B.A. in Psychology and Children’s Theater from Webster University in St. Louis. Combined, they equip her to be undaunted in the face of statistics and to tell a good story.

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