Kim Askey

Kimberly A Askey

Communications Coordinator, Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate

Kim is the Communications Coordinator for the Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate, or BESSD. She works closely with directorate leadership, partners, and sponsors to promote ORNL’s groundbreaking science and innovations. The directorate focuses on translating fundamental science discoveries into solutions addressing some of society’s greatest challenges, such as climate change, clean water, and sustainable communities.

Before focusing on BESSD, Kim led communications for the former Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, which encompassed the laboratory’s biological and environmental sciences as well as a variety of applied science and engineering areas, including transportation, buildings, manufacturing, grid, and renewable energy technologies. She has held a variety of other positions with progressively larger responsibilities since she joined ORNL in January of 2014 as Communications Manager for the Sustainable Transportation Program.

Previous to ORNL, Kim worked for more than ten years at the Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel in a variety of roles in the executive office, marketing, and community outreach. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Biology from Birmingham Southern College.