Hanneke is a physics geek who grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee with her equally nerdy Dutch family and countless cats.
While studying physics at the University of Tennessee, Hanneke realized that she enjoyed science communication far more than lab work, so she decided to dip her toes in the world of journalism.
First she began reporting for the Sci/Tech column at Tennessee Journalist (TNJN), UT's student-run online news publication. Later she interned at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Lab, where she wrote features about cool supercomputer science.
After graduating from UT, Hanneke moved to New York City to study Science, Health & Environmental Reporting at New York University. She has written stories and produced videos for ScienceLine, MedPage Today, and Scholastic's SuperScience, Science World, Math and DynaMath magazines. She now resides in Seattle, working remotely as an editor at Space.com.