Alex Orlando is a freelance journalist and narrative writer based in Hartford, Connecticut. He writes about science, technology, health, education and entrepreneurship — along with anything else that piques his interest.

In 2018 and 2019, Alex was a staff reporter for the Half Moon Bay Review, where he tracked mountain lions, explored the properties of coastal fog and carved through the science behind giant pumpkin competitions, among other topics. His coverage of commercial cannabis earned him first place in enterprise reporting at the 2018 California Journalism Awards.

Alex got his master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, with a concentration in narrative writing. He won the school’s Clay Felker Award for Excellence in Longform Journalism in 2018.

In his past lives, Alex was a senior writer for Houston's Texas Medical Center and an ESL teacher in South Korea. His work has been featured in The Verge, San Francisco Magazine, Berkeleyside and the Half Moon Bay Review, among others. 

When he's not writing, Alex likes hiking, traveling, cooking fried rice and getting lost in the silver screen. Don't ask about his addiction to movie theater popcorn.