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Elaine Vitone (she/her) is a writer, editor, and audio producer who covers policy, science, healthcare, and technology. She specializes in character-driven narratives that make complex research accessible for lay audiences.

Elaine’s magazine stories and podcast episodes have won awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the Carnegie Science Center, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her MFA in nonfiction writing.

In spring 2022, Elaine joined Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy as a content writer and writer/producer/host of their narrative podcast, Consequential. The show’s fifth season will be released in fall 2022.

Previously, Elaine was senior editor of Pitt Med magazine and writer/producer of Pitt Medcast. The series aired regularly on the National Science Foundation’s Science Zone Radio and was also handpicked by Public Radio Exchange’s highly curated storytelling channel/app, PRX Remix.

Elaine has freelanced for GQ, Ladies’ Home Journal, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, the Allegheny Front, US Airways Magazine, Pennsylvania Pursuits, Pittsburgh magazine, and Pitt Magazine, among others. 

Elaine, her husband, Dylan, and their three kids live in Pittsburgh.