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Joe Hanson      

Science Writer, Biologist, Video Producer & Educator

Joe Hanson is an internationally recognized science communicator living in Austin, TX. Before working in science media and education, he researched genetic engineering and cancer biology, obtaining a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is the creator, host, and head writer of “Be Smart,” a YouTube science education show from PBS. Since 2013, “Be Smart” has produced more than 250 episodes, and amassed more than half a billion views and 4.8 million subscribers on YouTube. Hanson was previously host and co-writer of “Overview,” an aerial photography show focused on nature and science stories. Hanson was also the creator and co-host of “Hot Mess,” a show about climate change and the environment from PBS Digital Studios. He was digital host for PBS’ “Big Blue Live” in 2015 and has made numerous appearances on international radio, podcasts, and television.

Hanson has won Webby and Telly Awards for his work in web video, and a Kavli Science Journalism Award for his work on “Overview.” He received a prestigious Mass Media Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Austin PBS and as a digital content consultant for PBS national.

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