Marie C. Baca is an American journalist, essayist, and humor writer who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, ProPublica, Salon, California Watch, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other publications.
Much of Marie’s journalism is about people on the fringes of society. She has profiled morgue workers, Bigfoot enthusiasts, day laborers, and the wrongfully convicted. She has also investigated the proliferation of toxic waste sites in poor communities and the effects of fracking on rural populations. An experienced tech reporter, Marie often draws on her background in biology to explain complicated scientific concepts to a general audience.
Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, where she also teaches.