Supposedly it was Albert Einstein who said: “Everything should be made as simple as possible—but not simpler.” My job as a journalist is to explain science clearly, concisely and accurately. To this end, it rarely hurts to have a good story line, interesting characters, striking ideas and a good sense of humor. Some may believe this is an impossible task, but I find the challenge to be fun. Furthermore, it is important: scientists have a duty to inform their fellow human beings. Earth science in particular touches nearly every every aspect of our existence. In the end, it often addresses the big issues we face together: natural hazards, the effects of climate, public health, the management of minerals, oil and water, and anything else you can think of. Fundamentally, scientists and journalists pursue the same mission: trying to get as close as possible to the truth, and faithfully reporting our observations to others.