Kasha Patel

Kasha Patel

Kasha Patel was a science writer and video producer at NASA Earth Observatory 2018-21. She previously worked in the Office of Communications at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she hosted an award-winning NASA TV miniseries highlighting Earth science fieldwork.

While Kasha enjoys uncovering interesting story angles in any satellite image or data set, she gravitates towards citizen science projects, auroras, and tracking diseases and natural hazards from space.

Kasha studied chemistry at Wake Forest University, science journalism at Boston University, and introductory data journalism at the ProPublica Data Institute. Outside of work, she regularly performs stand-up comedy and plays ultimate frisbee.

Kasha Patel was listed on Thrillist magazine’s “Best Undiscovered Comedians in the US” where she was called a unicorn for her uniqueness. 

She primarily focuses her jokes on her life as an Indian-American and science, producing one of the only science-themed comedy shows in the nation. She also hosts and acts as emcee for monthly book-themed comedy shows, weekly mics, and special events.

Kasha presented a TEDx talk called “Sneaking Science into Stand-Up” where she shares a series of surprising revelations pulled from her analysis of more than 500 of her stand-up jokes. 

She has also been featured in The Washington Post, BBC World News, and the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” In 2016, she hosted an award-winning mini series for NASA TV highlighting Earth science fieldwork.

Check out her complete comedy resume here.


Washington, DCwashingtonpost.com/people/kasha-p…Joined October 2011
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