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Alessandra Potenza is a multimedia science journalist based in New York. She's the Senior Editor at SuperScience, Scholastic's science magazine for kids in grades 3 to 6. 

Previously, she was the Deputy Science Editor at The Verge, where she wrote (and edited) all sorts of science stories. Her favorites are an investigation into the health effects of the psychoactive drink kava, reported essays about migraines and the irrational fear of public toilets, and a story demystifying the Greenland shark. 

Before The Verge, Alessandra worked at The New York Times Upfront, Scholastic's newsmagazine for high school students co-published with The New York Times. She has also written for Science WorldThe Atlantic, and a variety of Italian publications, including Il Giornale, D Repubblica, Il Manifesto and Pagina99

Alessandra is originally from Rome, Italy. She graduated with an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has a BA in Communication with a minor in Creative Writing from The American University of Rome.

Alessandra's passions include space, nature, books, friends, human rights and writing fiction. She published a young adult novel she wrote when she was 12 and several short stories.