Ernie Hood

Ernie hosting Radio In Vivo

A freelance science writer, editor, and podcast producer based in Hillsborough, NC, Ernie created Radio In Vivo in 2006 to serve as an information resource to the public about the important, exciting, and innovative scientific work taking place in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, an internationally recognized focal point of research and development in all scientific arenas.

Ernie has a unique ability to communicate often complex scientific concepts in clear, concise, interesting, and understandable language to both lay and professional audiences, both on the air and in print.

He developed this talent over the course of a long career in television and video and audio production, during which he wrote, produced and edited countless programs, particularly within the pharmaceutical, medical, health care, information technology, and agricultural sectors. From 1983 to 2005, Ernie was co-founder, vice president, and creative director of InSight Productions, Inc., one of North Carolina’s premier media production companies. His experience with InSight culminated in the company’s production of BreakThrough: Television’s Journal of Science & Medicine from 1997-1999. The weekly national PBS magazine program, broadcast on more than 200 stations, reported on scientific innovations at many of the nation’s most advanced research institutions, and won several major national and international awards for broadcast excellence. Ernie served as Senior Writer for BreakThrough, supervising the work of the program’s team of producer/reporters, as well as originating all of show’s promotional and website copy and host narratives.

In his more recent experience as a freelance science writer, much of his work has focused on environmental health, as well as genomics, evolutionary medicine, bioinformatics, energy, translational research, minority health and health disparities, and many more arenas of modern science.  Please take a moment to look at Ernie’s writing and podcast portfolio on Contently.

He has had more than 80 articles published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the monthly journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), including cover stories on subjects such as pharmacogenomics, endocrine disrupting chemicals, RNA interference, chemical plant safety, and nanotechnology. He has also carried out a great deal of work for other sections of NIEHS and its National Toxicology Program division, and is a regular contributor to the institute’s monthly online newsletter, Environmental Factor.  Writing projects have included journal articles, a textbook chapter on genomics, meeting reports on national scientific conferences, fact sheets, press releases, and web content.

Ernie also performs a variety of writing, editing and podcast production services for clients at academic institutions, governmental facilities, corporations, and philanthropic organizations across the country.

Ernie holds a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a Triangle resident since moving to the area to attend graduate school in 1976. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is also a Partner in the Collaborative for Health and the Environment, and an Affiliate Member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

Since 2009, Ernie has also served as a lay community member of the Biomedical Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The IRB reviews all scientific research projects conducted at the University, and is designed to protect human research subjects.

Ernie is President Emeritus of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC), and serves as Treasurer and Board Member of Public Gallery of Carrboro, Inc., the non-profit organization that holds the license of WCOM-LPFM, the broadcast home of Radio In Vivo.

Ernie’s writing, editing, consulting and media production services can help you communicate more effectively and efficiently. Click here to get in touch or request a CV.

Links to writing and podcast samples:
NEW! Ernie’s writing and podcast portfolio on Contently


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