Katie Feather

Producer, Science Friday

Katie Feather is a freelance journalist based in New Jersey. 

Katie Hiler is a producer for Science Friday. She’s on a lifelong quest to understand the way humans think and also to find the best eggplant parmesan.

Katie has previously worked as a reporter and producer for KBIA, WHYY, WNYC and The New York Times and has a degree in science journalism from NYU. Her work reporting on events in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 won a National Murrow Award for small-market feature reporting.

A native of the New York metro area, Katie currently calls New Jersey home (and feels guilty about it). She hopes to one day live near the beach.

Katie Feather appears in the following:

What Do You Call A Tiny Octopus That’s Cute As A Button?

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Plus: What squid have to do with Instagram filters.

Genetics of Depression, Engineering Humans for Space, Tech Ethics

Friday, June 04, 2021

Could the biggest technical challenges of long-term space living be met by genetically engineering humans? Plus, a new study sheds light on the genetic architecture of depression.

Lucid Dreaming, Sex As A Biological Variable, Parachute Science, Global Vaccine

Friday, February 26, 2021

How an unfair vaccine rollout threatens global health—and could prolong the pandemic for everyone. And what role does sleep play in memory? Researchers look to lucid dreams for clues.

Tech Unions, Color Perception, Fish Vs Birds

Friday, February 19, 2021

Tech workers, like other industries before them, are asking if unions can help improve jobs. Plus, researchers capture unusual video evidence of a fish eating young seaside sparrows.

Body Temperature, COVID Vaccines, Dog Genomics

Friday, November 13, 2020

Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine candidate passes an important test. But there are many questions left to answer. Plus, some studies show that average human body temperature may be getting cooler.

Solar System Smackdown: Mars v. Venus, Mussel Mystery

Friday, October 09, 2020

Mars and Venus enter a solar system smackdown to sway your opinion on which is the best for finding signs of life. Plus, research shows viruses could be threatening freshwater mussels.

Nursing Homes And Volcano Science

Friday, September 18, 2020

Wildfires and COVID-19 shine a light on the systemic issues in long-term care facilities. Plus, volcanologist Kayla Iacovino explains how crystals provide clues into why volcanoes erupt.

Hemp and CBD, Phytosaurs, Mosquito Control

Friday, December 07, 2018

With Congress poised to legalize growing hemp, how does a ‘new’ plant become a thriving agricultural product? Plus, Science Friday heads to Utah searching for phytosaur fossils.

Horizon's Tiered Hospital Plan Pleases Some, But Not All

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The largest health insurer in New Jersey has changed the rules of the game by clustering hospitals into tiers for some patients.  


As Patients Get Insured, Newark Health Clinics Face New Competition

Monday, April 04, 2016

The Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, N.J., is seeing more primary-care options pop up as more of its residents receive health insurance. 


Primary Care Doctors in Newark Still Looking for Patient Influx

Monday, March 14, 2016

There are more residents with health insurance, specifically Medicaid, around Newark, N.J. than three years ago but many doctors aren't seeing them. So, where are they getting care? 

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Students Make Final Push for Obamacare Enrollment in New Jersey

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Volunteers fanned out around Newark, to find some of the 70,000 residents who are still without health insurance before the enrollment period ends.


The Power of An Iconic Image

Friday, September 04, 2015

After a photo of a drowned Syrian toddler went viral, we discuss how images can define a conflict. Warning: The photos in this story may be distressing to some viewers.

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Kim Davis is In Jail. Here's What's Next For the Religious Freedom Debate.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

A federal judge in Kentucky has found Davis in contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. But that doesn't mean this issue is settled.

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Why Technology May Be Killing Your Relationship

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Email. Twitter. Facebook. Netflix. How important is it to be technologically compatible with your other half?

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The Death of the Summer Job

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The summer job as we once knew it has become somewhat of an archaic concept, but don't be too quick to call today's youth lazy. Here's what's behind the summer's drop in teen employment.

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'Ballot Selfies' Legal Again in New Hampshire

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Many states have laws against taking photographs of ballots, but until this week, New Hampshire was the only state with a law against “ballot selfies.”


APA Votes to Get Out of the Torture Business

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

After weathering months of scandal, the board of the American Psychological Association pledged to recommit itself to the ethical duty of “do no harm" last week.


The Golden Age of TV May Be Coming to An End

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

One TV exec argues that the television renaissance is over because there is simply too much content being produced. Has American TV really reached its peak?


Vast Number of Silent Films Lost to History

Monday, December 09, 2013

Silent movies are still the earliest cinematic record of our time—even if they have long been surpassed by more exciting forms of theater. Unfortunately, the Library of Congress has r...

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