About Chris

Chris Lester (she/her) has tried her hand at many trades: marine biologist, title insurance officer, high school science teacher, writer, editor, clinical researcher, microbiologist. Through many ups, downs, derailments, and right-angle turns, two things have remained constant: a passion for storytelling, and the drive to change how people see the world. Whether behind the microphone, at a keyboard or in front of a classroom, Chris never feels more alive than when she’s introducing others to new perspectives and new ideas. Chris came out as transgender in 2023.

Born in Michigan, trained as a scientist in California and Montana, Chris now makes her home in Madison, Wisconsin. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking trails, paddling down rivers, exploring national parks, reading through an ever-growing pile of books, and playing piano and acoustic guitar. She lives with her wife Melanie and a menagerie of rescued dogs and cats.


Chris is a proud member of The Podcast Academy, which was formed in 2020 to foster excellence and recognize outstanding creative achievement in podcasting.