Journalist, Humorist, Novelist


Coffey has written for many national outlets, as detailed below.

Science and Health at

Scientific American Samples:

Discover Magazine Samples:

  • Hiking Las Vegas. Just a few miles from the perfectly enclosed, artificial worlds of the Strip’s casinos, there lie some beautiful and accessible spectacles of nature.
  • Winemaking: Science, Nature, and Fancy Footwork. Each glass tells you something about the wine’s milieu as well as the vintner’s approach.
  • A host of articles including many “20 Things You Didn’t Know about…” ones, for Discover Magazine. (Page upon page. Just keep clicking.)

Other Magazine Samples:

  • Darwin in Love. Charles Darwin, who of all people should have known better, married his first cousin. Did his love for Emma color his later works? (JSTOR Daily)
  • The Brain Science Behind Conspiracy Theories. It might not be a lack of intelligence that leads many to believe wild—and wildly inaccurate—information, but instead our mind’s way of protecting us from feelings of isolation and despair. (DAME Magazine)
  • Why People Believe in Genuinely Fake News. When we are living in a time when accepting and refuting facts have become a polarizing issue, is there a way to engage in meaningful dialogue with those across the aisle?
  • Is COVID-19 Isolation Causing PTSD? The Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t just do damage to our bodies. The social isolation we’re experiencing may also have a long-term impact on our brains.

Vermont Public Radio Samples

For about a decade (late 1990s to late 2000s) I contributed commentaries to Vermont Public radio as an on-air personality specializing in mental health. Just a few are still online. Four were part of a series that won a Vermont AP award for VPR.  Those commentaries are at

Science-Based Op-Eds and Think Pieces: