Ivan Amato
Documentarian 

“I am excited to embark on my second tour of duty with Spire Communications as a member of a talented and creative team dedicated to helping the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency—a storied driver of the technology that has been defining our times since the late 1950s—tell its story.”

As an independent writer and staff member for various publications and institutions, Ivan has written and edited for many venues, among them, Time, Fortune, Discover, the Washington Post, Technology Review, Nautilus, Quanta, Science, Nature, Science News, Science, and Chemical & Engineering News. He has worked as a consultant for the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST), the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and the Science History Institute, the Materials Research Society. Ivan has also performed in several managerial roles, including a four-year stint as managing editor Chemical & Engineering News.

Ivan has done broadcast stints with National Public Radio and Discovery Communication’s Science Channel. In the past decade, he has brought a live channel communication into the mix, having founded two café series: DC Science Cafe in Washington, DC, and Cafe KITP in Santa Barbara, CA.

Amato earned a chemistry degree from Rutgers University and an M.A. in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University.