Erin Stone


Erin Stone is a freelance researcher for National Geographic Magazine and a multimedia journalist. In her work so far, she has tended to focus on trauma, addiction, mental health, and the economic, environmental, and social disparities that people face every day. She is interested in writing about the intersection between the environment, (im)migration, conflict, and mental health. Her work has appeared in National GeographicMother Jones, and the East Bay Express.

Erin’s work has taken her from a rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, TX, to a roomful of surgeons performing a liver transplant in Rio de Janeiro, to an old bar in Revere Beach, MA, where she documented the lives of Vietnam veterans, cocaine dealers and Revere natives who frequented the place.  In 2014, she received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to produce a multimedia project documenting the impact that construction of California’s high speed rail system has had and will have on diverse communities in the Central Valley. She has worked in the heart of American oil country as a reporter for the daily paper of Midland, TX. Her articles there led to the paper receiving a statewide award for compelling coverage of mental health issues.

Erin believes in the power of storytelling to foster empathy and spur real change. With the conviction that healing begins with being heard, she strives to report on people who are often overlooked and issues that are sparsely covered. She is currently pursuing her Master’s at UC Berkeley School of Journalism, with a focus on video, narrative writing, and investigative reporting.


  • Tufts University, B.A. in American Studies


  • National Geographic Magazine, Researcher

  • San Francisco Chronicle, Metro


  • The Coming of the Rail // National Geographic:

  • Thousands of Central American kids planned to reunite with family in the U.S. Trump shut them out. // Mother Jones:

  • Drones Spray Tree Seeds From the Sky to Fight Deforestation // National Geographic:

  • Fear of Deportation Often Keeps Undocumented Victims of Domestic Violence Silent // Dallas Observer:

  • The Silent Epidemic: Hepatitis C and Access to Medicines in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

  • Dallas' Homeless Are Not Impressed By the City's Latest Homeless Commission // Dallas Observer:

  • Access to abortion clinics particularly difficult for West Texas women // Midland Reporter-Telegram:

  • Small Permian Basin towns feel the pangs of oil downturn // Midland Reporter-Telegram:

  • Addiction, Midland-style // Midland Reporter-Telegram:


  • Investigative Reporters and Editors


Criminal Justice, Gender/Sexuality, Health, Human Rights, Immigration, International, Investigative, Science


Audio Journalism, Documentary, Narrative Writing, Video Journalism