Karen Fox

Senior Communications Official

Karen C. Fox is the senior communications official embedded within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. She is serving a year-long detail in that role, which began in April 2021.

Fox joined NASA Goddard in 2010 as a science writer for the Heliophysics Science Division. In 2015, she became the lead for heliophysics communications around the agency, sitting both at HQ and at Goddard. In this role, she supported the Heliophysics Division at HQ as well as the Office of Communications.

Prior to joining NASA, Fox was a freelance science writer. She has covered physics and astrophysics for more than 25 years, working in a wide range of media: newspapers, feature magazines, radio, web, and books. She is the author of Older Than the Stars (Charlesbridge, 2008), Einstein: A-Z (John Wiley, 2004; co-authored with Aries Keck), The Big Bang: What It Is, Where It Came from, and How It Works (John Wiley, 2002) and The Chain Reaction: Profiles in Nuclear Science (Grolier, 1998). She earned her undergraduate degree in both English and physics from Amherst College, and went on to study Science Communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz.