Director,Knight Center in Environmental Journalism and Knight Professor of Journalism

Room 382 Communication Arts Building

School of Journalism

Michigan State University

East Lansing,MI 48824-1212

Research Interests:

Environmental and science journalism;

Media ethics;

Journalism history.





University of Washington 1994

CASE Fellow in Environmental Studies

University of Maryland 1990

Knight Fellow in Specialized Journalism

Columbia University,New York,N.Y.1978

M.S.(Journalism with High Honors)

Harvard University,Cambridge,Mass

Post graduate study in business and public administration

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,Troy,N.Y.1972


Academic Experience:

Michigan State University 01/1995-present

Knight Chair in Environmental Journalism

Director,Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow

Drexel University,Philadelphia,PA 09/1984-12/1994

Adjunct professor of journalism

Vassar College,Poughkeepsie,N.Y.09/1977–05/1978

Adjunct instructor in journalism

Lectured on science and environmental journalism at more than 45 universities including Harvard,Yale,Columbia,Oxford.

Also has lectured at many nonprofit journalism,scientific and educational conferences,including the American Association for the Advancement of Science,Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Professional Experience:

Author of more than 2,000 articles in newspapers,magazines,newsletters and other professional publications.Articles have appeared in The New York Times,Washington Post,Detroit Free Press,Chicago Tribune,Boston Globe,Miami Herald and many other publications.

Comcast Television,Philadelphia,PA 01–06/1992

Host of Earth View

The Philadelphia Inquirer,Philadelphia,PA 06/1982–12/1984 Science and environmental writer

The Louisville Courier-Journal,Louisville,Ky.06/1978-06/1982 Environmental writer

The Poughkeepsie Journal,Poughkeepsie,N.Y 05/1973–05/1978 Reporter

One of four American journalists selected by the National Science Foundation to visit Antarctica to report about scientific developments at the South Pole and other research stations in 1985.The first journalist ever to fly through the eye of a Nor’easter in 1988.

Awards and Honors:

George Polk Award

Edward J.Meeman Award for Conservation Writing(five times)

Thomas L.Stokes Award for Natural Resources Reporting(twice)

National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting

Pulitzer Prize finalist(three times)

Pulitzer Prize nominee(eight times)

Fulbright Scholar at Nankai University in Tianjin,China in 2002

Distinguished Achievement Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1996

Named one of the 100 most influential people in environmental and sustainable development issues in the world by Earth Times

Ralph H.Smuckler Award for outstanding international activities at Michigan State University in 2006

All-University Excellence in Diversity Award and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism by the Michigan State University Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives,Spring 2008

U.S.Environmental Protection Agency award(twice)

U.S.Environmental Protection Agency award for excellence in environmental education

National Association of Professional Environmental Communicators award for best environmental reporting in the United States

International Green Pen Award in 1998

Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999

Winner of the 2008 Cougar Award

Winner of the Environmental Stewardship Award in May 2008

Named Conservation Communicator of the Year in 2009

Donald T.Wright Award

Named Pennsylvania Conservation Communicator of the Year in 1990

New York Associated Press award(five times)

AAAS-Westinghouse national science writing award–honorable mention(twice)

New York State Publishers Association first prize awards for community service(twice)

Listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the East.


Co-author or contributor to six books:

Who’s Poisoning America(Sierra Club Books)(1981)

Media and the Environment(Island Press)(1991)

The Reporter’s Environmental Handbook(1995)

A Field Guide For Science Writers,(Oxford University Press)(1997)

Science,Environment,Health and Medicine Reporting(Nieman Foundation of Harvard University)(2004)

Communicating on Climate Change(Metcalf Institute)(2008)

Other Publications and Media:

Author of articles in BioScience,Newspaper Research Journal,SEJournal,Nieman Reports,Tiempo,International Press Institute Global Journalist,Newsletter of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists,IRE Journal and other professional and academic publications.

Executive editor of EJ,an award-winning magazine published by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism,1997–present.

Executive editor of videos on environmental journalism and environmental topics.

Co-producer of Dying to Be Heard,Also helped produce Meltdown.

Co-organizer of Green on the Big Screen.

Service and Outreach:

Chief organizer of national conferences of Investigative Reporters and Editors in 1989(Philadelphia)the Society of Environmental Journalists in 1991(Boulder,Colorado),1992(Ann Arbor,Mich.)and 2000(East Lansing,Mich.)

Organizer of ten Great Lakes Environmental Journalism Training Institutes(1996 to 2009)held in the United States and Canada;and many other journalism training events throughout the United States.

Founding President,U.S.Society of Environmental Journalists,1990-1994;member of SEJ’s board of directors,1990--present.

Co-founder and president,International Federation of Environmental Journalists,1994–2000;member of administrative council 1993-present.

Member,Board of Directors,Council for the Advancement of Science Writing,1993--2003.

Regional Director,Investigative Reporters and Editors,1986--1994.

Service on numerous committees at Michigan State University and in the School of Journalism,College of Communication Arts and Sciences at the university level.

Served two terms on Michigan State University’s International Studies and Program’s advisory/consultative committee

Member of Society of Professional Journalists,International Science Writers Association,Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Explorers Club.

Long-time youth leader in Troop 109 and Venture Crew 117 of the Chief Okemos Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Member of Edgewood United Church of Christ.

Fundraising Experience:

Has successfully raised more than$6 million from foundations and other organizations in support of environmental journalism and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University.

Author and principle investigator of$2.2 million grant from the John S.and James L.Knight Foundation,the largest grant in the 90-year history of MSU’s School of Journalism,in March 2005.