Debbie Ponchner is a Costa Rica-based writer who is the editor of Knowable en español. She started out as a science reporter for La Nación, the newspaper of record for Costa Rica. In 2005, she founded and served as editor of La Nación‘s first daily science section, later becoming the newspaper’s managing editor. She also was the Spanish-language editor for Scientific American and has worked as a freelancer writer, translator and editor for publications such as Sapiens, The Open Notebook, The New York Times, BBC and Nature.
She has won several journalism awards, including Costa Rica’s National Journalism Prize, the Jorge Vargas-Gené Award as well as the National Scientific Journalism Prize given by the National Council for Science and Technology of Costa Rica. She studied communication at the University of Costa Rica, specializing in science communication at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. She spent the academic year 2003–04 as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. She is a CASW board member.