Noelle Swan

About Noelle Swan

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Noelle Swan is a nationally award winning journalist. She currently edits national and science news at The Christian Science Monitor, where she manages a team of 17 writers to produce brief, rapid articles that analyze daily news trends through a unique, Monitor lens. In addition to assigning stories, editing content, and copy editing, Noelle assists writers with reporting, data analysis, web production, and story promotion.

Previously at the Monitor, she has worked on the national, business, and family desks both as a writer and an editor. She contributes feature stories to the weekly magazine. 

She combines an excellent background in science and environmental journalism with a terrific nose for news…. Noelle is technically adept, tireless … unafraid of either change or hard work….

– Yvonne Zipp, deputy national news editor, The Christian Science Monitor

Prior to joining the Monitor, Noelle worked as a freelance reporter covering science, environment, and social issues for a wide range of publications including:

As a freelance reporter, she fluidly maneuvered between stories intended for national and local audiences and from daily news coverage to enterprise projects.

Noelle is an editor’s delight — she comes up with great story ideas, and uses her creativity and resourcefulness to turn those ideas into excellent reads packed with insight, depth and flair.

– Tom Benner, former editor-in-chief, Spare Change News

She won first prize from both the National Federation of Press Women and the Delaware Press Association for science and technology writing for two stories written for Delaware Public Media, in 2012, “Fort Delaware joins battle to protect bat population” and “UD apiary research aims to take sting out of nationwide bee colony collapse.”

Noelle serves on the steering committee of the New England Science Writers, is an active member of the National Association for Science Writers, and has mentored science students interested in science writing.

In 2010, Noelle graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied natural sciences, environmental management, and journalism. Prior to becoming a journalist, Noelle taught preschool for 12 years. As a teacher, she cultivated a specialty of communicating with parents about child development and special needs. In addition to curriculum development, writing assessments, and daily classroom management, she served as a union steward, as a staff representative to the board of directors, and as an executive committee member.

When taking on any number of difficult challenges, Noelle invariably succeeds because she possesses extraordinary powers of both observation and analysis.

– Paul Rudof, parent of former student, fellow school board member


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