Award-winning science communicator with more than ten years of editorial and mass communication experience. Skilled in translating down complex, scientific ideas into manageable, easy to understand bites for the layperson.

Cay Leytham-Powell is an award-winning science communicator based out of Denver, Co.

With a bachelor’s in biology and human-environment relations from Grand View University, and an M.A. in media and public engagement (mass communication), with an emphasis in science communication, from the University of Colorado Boulder, they are now the Director of Communications for the Graduate School at CU Boulder. Previously, they were the managing editor for the Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine and the Manager for Editorial Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Their journalistic work has been featured in the Denver Post (Fact Check: Ken Buck’s “radical climate change agenda” statement at odds with Department of DefenseFact Check: Is Conservation Colorado’s statement connecting Laura Woods and Cliven Bundy misleading?), SAPIENS (There’s No Shame in ShameSurvival of the Socially Fittest) and CU News Corps (Fact Check: Tipton’s statements on public land management are misleading). As well, their fact-checking piece on Rep. Ken Buck was considered one of the best climate and national security stories of 2016, and in 2016 they were awarded the “Emerging Environmental Journalist” award  by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Beat Areas

Human-Wildlife Conflict

STEM Education

Climate Change


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