Sujata Gupta is the social sciences writer for Science News. She was a 2017-18 Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Nature, Discover, NPR, Scientific American, and others. Sujata got her start in journalism at a daily newspaper in Central New York, where she covered education and small town politics. She has also worked as a National Park Ranger, completing stints at parks in Hawaii, California and Maine, and taught English in Nagano, Japan.

All Stories by Sujata Gupta

  1. students in a classroom
    Science & Society

    The learning gap between rich and poor students hasn’t changed in decades

    The educational achievement gap between the poorest and richest U.S. students remains as wide as it was almost 50 years ago.

  2. chimpanzees

    Human encroachment threatens chimpanzee culture

    Human activity is affecting chimps’ behavioral repertoire, a new study suggests. Creating chimp cultural heritage sites might save unique behaviors.

  3. teen boy
    Science & Society

    Welfare reforms may have hurt some single moms’ teenage kids

    Welfare reform was meant to help the next generation, but making moms work and capping aid has led to more harm than gain, says a new study.

  4. flooded street in Annapolis

    Tidal floods driven by climate change may hurt small businesses

    Parking data from Annapolis, Md.’s historic downtown shows how tidal flooding, driven by sea rise, can hurt local business.

  5. grandma and kid

    Evolutionarily, grandmas are good for grandkids — up to a point

    Women may live past their reproductive years because they help their grandchildren survive, but there are limits to that benefit.

  6. child holding a teddy bear

    Why it’s key to identify preschoolers with anxiety and depression

    With mounting evidence that very young children can experience anxiety and depression, efforts are underway to identify and treat them early.

  7. air pollution in China
    Health & Medicine

    Chinese ‘tweets’ hint that happiness drops as air pollution rises

    A study of more than 210 million social media posts reveals a link between people’s sense of well-being and pollution.

  8. students taking tests

    Easing test anxiety boosts low-income students’ biology grades

    Wealthier students outperform their less advantaged peers in math and science. Decreasing test anxiety may help even the playing field.