Benjamin Radford is managing editor of the science magazine Skeptical Inquirer and a Research Fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, film, and media literacy. He is author or co-author of five books: Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking; Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us; Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures; Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries; and Tracking the Vampire: Chupacabra in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore (in press).
Radford is also a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine and the Skeptical Briefs newsletter, as well as online at LiveScience.com and Discovery News. In his work with the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, Radford is one of the world’s few science-based paranormal investigators, and has done first-hand research into psychics, ghosts and haunted houses; exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, crop circles, and other topics. Radford also writes on many other topics, including world travel, science literacy, jungle hiking, sex offender panics, and popular fallacies. He is also a co-host of the Parsec-nominated MonsterTalk podcast.
Radford has appeared on CNN, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, CBC, BBC, CBS, ABC News, USA Today, the New York Times, and others. He also served as a consultant for the MTV series “The Big Urban Myth Show.” Radford has also written and directed two short films, and created Playing Gods: The Board Game of Divine Domination.