Photo by Talfoto

Her work appears in:

The Big Roundtable, contributor

Independent Coast Observer, staff reporter

Metro Silicon Valley / San Jose Inside, contributor

North Bay Bohemian, contributor

Pacific Standard, contributor

San Francisco Chronicle, contributor

San Francisco magazine, associate editor

The Verge, contributor

Wild Hope magazine, contributor


Lindsey J. Smith is a freelance journalist and essayist based in San Francisco. She writes about the west and wild places, food, science and technology, or whatever strikes her fancy. She also teaches fact-checking workshops at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and works as a freelance fact-checker and editor.

In 2017 and 2018, she was the associate editor at San Francisco magazine, where she dove deep into San Francisco’s struggle with public injection drug use, California’s imperiled kelp forests, and the fertility industry, among other topics. During her time on staff, the magazine won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

She got her master's in journalism from New York University's Literary Reportage program, where she won the New York Press Club's Stan Brooks Memorial Scholarship. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Metcalf Institute's Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists.

Photo by Tal Shpantzer Photography.

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