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Jessica Benko


Jessica Benko

Mother of God, Child of Zeus

Gold, mercury, poverty and profit in the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios, Peru.
Virginia Quarterly Review Link to Story

The People Who Walk with Reindeer | Sami

Indigenous reindeer herders of the Scandinavian Arctic
National Geographic Magazine Link to Story

Making and Unmaking the Digital World

The growing footprint of the virtual world
The New York Times Magazine Link to Story

What's Killing Minnesota's Moose?

The cell phone alert was designed to wake anyone from a deep sleep. “MORTALITY EVENT DETECTED,” the text message read, accompanied by a cacophony of drums and bells blaring from the phone’s speaker at top volume. It was near midnight on May 22 nd , but David Pauly wasn’t asleep; he knew this call was coming.
OnEarth Link to Story


Jessica Benko

I am a print and radio journalist interested in the intersection of science and technology with individual human lives. I am also drawn to communities on the margins of society, from the illegal goldmines of the Amazon to the barren tundra of the Arctic. My work can be found in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, This American Life, Radiolab, and elsewhere.