About David

David Grimm is an award-winning journalist and the Online News Editor of Science, the world’s leading journal of science news and scientific research. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs, which traces the journey of dogs and cats from wild animals to family members, both in our homes and in the eyes of the law. 

David is the recipient of the Animal Reporting Award from the National Press Club and the author of “The Mushroom Cloud’s Silver Lining,” which was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington PostSlate, Time, BuzzFeedThe Financial Times, Science, and a variety of other publications. He has a PhD in genetics from Yale University and taught science journalism at Johns Hopkins for more than a decade.

David has written on numerous topics, but his main beat is animal rights and animal welfare. He also covers almost everything related to cats and dogs, including their domestication, cognition, and evolving status in society.

David speaks regularly on the need for more effective scientific communication, both by journalists and by scientists. He has spoken on the subject as a Poynter Fellowship distinguished speaker at Yale University, as well as at Johns Hopkins University and at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

David lives in New York with his wife, twin girls, and two cats.

About Citizen CanineCitizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs is the critically acclaimed book from award-winning journalist and Science deputy news editor, David Grimm. It has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Wired, National Geographic, and a variety of other publications. David has also spoken about the book on more than two dozen radio programs, including several national and NPR shows. There is a short video about the book here.

All writing on this website © David Grimm


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