Rebecca Skloot is a science journalist whose work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Discover, and others. She has served as a journalist for NPR's Radiolab and PBS's Nova ScienceNOW, and is coeditor of The Best American Science Writing 2011. The Washington Post named her one of the five most surprise leaders of 2010. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot's first book, took more than a decade to study and write and was an instant New York Times bestseller. More than sixty media sources, including Entertainment Weekly, People, and the New York Times, named it a best book of 2010.
It has been translated into over twenty-five languages, adapted for young readers, and is being developed into an HBO film by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. The Henrietta Lacks Foundation was founded and is led by Skloot. She holds a bachelor's degree in science. a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in creative nonfiction
At the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University, she taught creative writing and science journalism. She resides in the city of Chicago.