Sharon Hill

          • Science and Society Specialist
          • Public Outreach Specialist
          • Geologist (Licensed: PA)
          • Researcher on the paranormal, pseudoscience and anomalies
          • Creator and editor, Doubtful News
          • Scientific and Technical Consultant for Center for Inquiry
          • Science Consultant
          • Advocate for evidence-focused skepticism and critical thinking
          • Owner, Lithospherica, LLC
          • Creative Consultant and Content Editor for the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)


B.S., Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 1992

Ed.M., Science and the Public, University at Buffalo: The State University of New York, 2010


2002. ‚ÄúAn Evolutionary Holiday‚ÄĚ in Darwin Day Collection Volume One: the single best idea, ever. Tangled Bank Press: Albuquerque, NM.

2002. ‚ÄúHaunted Cape May‚ÄĚ. Skeptical Briefs, September 2002, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)

2005. ‚ÄúWhat was that in the lake?‚ÄĚ. Inquiring Minds Newsletter, Summer 2005. Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP).

2005. ‚ÄúLooney Moon-y Ideas‚ÄĚ. Inquiring Minds Newsletter, Fall 2005. Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP).

2005. ‚ÄúResolving Sinkhole Issues: A state government perspective‚ÄĚ, in Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Beck (ed.), ASCE, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 144: 520-528.

2007. ‚ÄúWhispers from the Earth‚ÄĚ, in Intermediate States: The Anomalist 13. 2007. Anomalist Books.

2011. ‚ÄúCryptozoology and Pseudoscience,‚Ä̬†Skeptical Briefs¬†21: 13 Fall 2011.¬†

2011. ‚ÄúInterview with Indre Viskontas: Miracle Detective‚ÄĚ, Skeptical Inquirer¬†35:6 Nov/Dec 2011.¬†

2011. “Bridging the Chasm:¬†Follow-up for Skeptics”,¬†Skeptical Blog Anthology.¬†Young Australian Skeptics.

2012. ‚ÄúAmateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things‚ÄĚ, Skeptical Inquirer 36:2 March/April 2012. ¬†

2013. “The Ketchum Project: What to Believe about Bigfoot DNA ‘Science’,”¬†Skeptical Briefs¬†23:1 Spring 2013.

2013. “Bigfoot DNA Study: Making an End Run Around Science,”¬†Skeptical Inquirer¬† 27:3 May/June 2013.

2013. “Shadow of the Slenderman” Fortean Times ¬†305 September 2013.

2014. “Don’t Go There” Australian Skeptic¬† 34:2, June 2014.

~Media Projects~

2006-Present.  Doubtful

2011-Present.  Doubtful News A unique source of paranormal, pseudoscience and anomalous news.
Doubtful News Promo Spot

2012-Present. Sounds Sciencey column on Skeptical Inquirer web site.

2012-2014. Virtual Skeptics vodcast

2013-2014. Blogger for Huffington Post

~Featured web articles~

‚ÄėGetting People to Think More Deeply‚Äô. ¬†Skeptical Inquirer,¬†Volume 35.6, November/December 2011¬†

Cryptozoology and Pseudoscience. Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.3, Fall 2011

Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‚ÄėSciencey‚Äô Things. Skeptical Inquirer,¬†Volume 36.2, March/April 2012 ¬†

Skeptacular: Best of the Doubtful blog (contains links to highlighted posts)

Media Guide to Skepticism. Doubtful News

Guest posts on Culture of Science, Bigfoot Lunch Club, JREF – Swift blog, Paranormal Pop Culture and Skeptoid


Resolving Sinkhole Issues: A state government perspective
Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, San Antonio, TX. (2005)

Stockertown Sinkhole Saga
Geological Society of America Northeast Regional Meeting, Hershey, PA. (2006)
Harrisburg Area Geological Society, Harrisburg, PA. (2012)

Noncoal Quarry Permitting and Regulation in PA
Lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA. (2009)

21st Century Noncoal Regulatory Issues
The 46th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, Middletown, PA. (2010)

Lehigh Valley Humanists  (2010)
Narrated long-version of this presentation available at

Being Scientifical
Skepticamp, D.C., (2010) Available at
Balticon: Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention (2011)

Ethics in Geology
Pennsylvania Geological Survey training for professional geologist licensure exam. Harrisburg, PA (2011)

Real Mad Scientists
Balticon: Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention Panel with J. Monahan and J. Ashmeade. Baltimore, MD (2011)

Coalition Building for the Skeptical Activist
Workshop at The Amazing Meeting with D. Silverman, D, Niose, C. Stedman and B. Mervine. Las Vegas, NV (2012)
Available at

How to Think About Weird News
Camp Inquiry, Holland, NY  (2012)

Attracting a Mix: Skeptics and Believers
Dragon Con [Skeptic Track] panel with T. Farley and N. Giulucci, Atlanta, GA (2012)

On Skepticism
PA Atheists/Humanists Conference, Harrisburg, PA (2012)
Available at

How to Think About Weird News
CSICon, Nashville, TN (2012)

Sounds Sciencey
NECSS (Northeast Conference of Science and Skepticism), New York City (2013)
Available at
Central New Jersey Mensa Snowball meeting Keynote (2014)

I Doubt That: The Media Guide to Skepticism
James Randi Educational Foundation Workshop with B. Drescher, Los Angeles, CA (2013) Available at

The Honest Broker of Doubtful News
The Amazing Meeting (TAM), Las Vegas, NV (2013)

Going Forward: The Prospective Mission of Skepticism
The Amazing Meeting (TAM) panel with B. Drescher, D. Loxton, S. Novella, J.I. Smith, Las Vegas, NV (2013)

Bigfoot Skeptics: Abominable Science!
The Amazing Meeting (TAM) panel with D. Prothero, D, Loxton and B. Smith, Las Vegas, NV (2013)

The World of Weird News: Bigfoot, UFOs and Other Questionable Claims
National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS), Arlington, VA (2013)
and Balticon, May 2014, Hunt Valley, MD
Available at:

Kids and Monsters
RavenCon Kids programming 2014, Richmond, VA

Paranormal: Fact or Fake?
RavenCon panel 2014, Richmond, VA

Ask a Scientist
RavenCon panel 2014, Richmond, VA

Bad Science
RavenCon panel 2014, Richmond, VA

Skepticism in the Media
Workshop at The Amazing Meeting with J. Underdown, R. Saunders, K. Kruszelnicki. Las Vegas, NV (2014)


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Skeptically Speaking
‚ÄúBeing Sciencey‚ÄĚ (closing spot) Episode #86, November 10, 2010.

Ghost Field Guide
What is a Ghost? Episode 2, December 10, 2010.

Virtual Drinking Skeptically
Guest on Feb 18, 2011.

Meet the Skeptics
Episode for August 9, 2011.

Token Skeptic
Episode 90, Nov 29, 2011.

Righteous Indignation
Doubtful News, Episode 108, March 6, 2012.

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 189,  April 22, 2012.

Monster Talk
“Skeptics are Redoubtable”¬†June 13, 2012.

Token Skeptic
Special Episode: On The End Of 2012 With Doubtful News, December 27,2012

Monster Talk
“2012 – The Year in Monsters” January 2, 2013¬†

“Another Doubtful Year” #199 ¬†

Skeptical Connections
2013. Contributor to  podcast

Binnall of America
February 5, 2013

Parascience Journal
February 6, 2013  KGRA Radio.

The Gralien Report
February 25, 2013 On the Melba Ketchum April Fools references

The Skeptic Zone
Р3.March.2013 On Doubtful News

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 235,  April 14, 2013.

Token Skeptic
Episode 157: On The Media Guide To Skepticism ‚Äď Interview With Sharon Hill, April 16, 2013.¬†

Paranormal Waypoint
A Skeptic and the Paranormal, June 6, 2013. KGRA Radio.

Episode #21, June 25, 2013.

The Fringe Radio Show (KDKK AM630 Salt Lake City)
August 17, 2013 Archived here

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 259: Blobsquatch Blitzkrieg,  Oct 6, 2013.

Binnall of America Live
Episode #8 Oct 8, 2013¬†–sharon-hill

The Bigfoot Show
Episode #55 Oct 12, 2013

Paul Harris’ America Weekend
“What The Jailbird Doesn’t Want You To Know” Nov 16, 2013

Skeptically Challenged

America’s Most Haunted

The Skeptic Zone
 - 15.December.2013  A review of Doubtful News over the past 12 months

Doubtful News 2013 segment

Monster Talk
“You Won’t Believe What These Skeptics Have to Say About Bigfoot”¬†January 29, 2014 ¬†

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 292: How the Planet Will Kill us All,  June 8, 2014.

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3 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I stumbled upon your blog. I admire it! I am a public high school teacher in Red Wing, Minnesota. I teach a course that critically examines religion. What I do is extremely rare. Extremely! I know of no other public high school that dares to critically examine religion. Do you? If so please tell me! I would love to connect with other radical teachers!

    I recently started a blog about my experiences, and I think you and your readers might find it interesting and, or, important. The site is below. My goal in all of this: move public education in the direction of inclusive and honest curriculums that don‚Äôt shy away from ‚Äúcontroversial‚ÄĚ topics. Have a great day!

    James Morrison
    Red Wing, Minnesota

    • idoubtit

      Very impressive! I’ve shared your blog link. I steer pretty clear of religious topics. Only testable claims for me. You are a BRAVE guy, indeed. This type of class is sorely needed and many atheists and skeptics would welcome it.

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I was brought to your blog through my interest in the Sasquatch Genome Project. A little background on me: I’m a journalist, lecturer and documentary maker from Ireland (google me if you like), and I became interested in the whole crypto-zoological thing when I made a documentary for radio on the Master Otter, a pseudo-mythical creature that was always believed to exist only in folklore, but has recently started appearing in the rural West of Ireland. I engaged in making the programme in the belief that I was making a programme on the transmission of stories (how folklore passes from one person to another) but to my surprise, we actually ended up finding something – I got recordings of an unidentifiable animal and a body was washed up on the beach where I was working that was never identified. Well – I’m not suggesting anything weird or creepy, I think we probably stumbled across a mutated species of sea otter – the local zoologists are dealing with it now. What I was wondering, and you seem to have some experience in this, is how the hell Dr Ketchum and her crew ever thought they could get away with it? This story has been broadcast across the entire planet (I’m reading about it in my college South Eastern Ireland), and the weight of evidence required in scientific publications today is so great – could they really have imagine that no one would notice that they’d invented a peer-reviewed journal? I mean, pleading scientific bias because Bigfoot is such a ‘pop science’ subject just doesn’t cut it. Help me out here, Sharon! I’m at a loss!
    Love your blog,


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