Andrew Revkin is the senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica.org. He joined the prize-winning public-interest newsroom after 21 years of writing for The New York Times, most recently through his Dot Earth blog for the Opinion section, and six years teaching at Pace University. He began writing on climate change in the 1980s and has never stopped. In the mid-2000s, he exposed political suppression of climate findings at NASA and editing of federal climate reports by political appointees with ties to the petroleum industry. He was the first Times reporter to file stories and photos from the sea ice around the North Pole. Revkin has won most of the top awards in science journalism, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship, Columbia University’s John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He is widely recognized for fairness and a pursuit of reality in a polarized media environment. This doesn’t come without perils. The conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh once suggested Revkin kill himself if he thought population growth was such an important issue. As the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University from 2010 until 2016, he taught courses in blogging, environmental communication and documentary film. He has written acclaimed and award-winning books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Revkin is among those credited with developing the idea that humans, through growing impacts on Earth’s climate and other critical systems, had created a “geological age of our own making,” known increasingly as the Anthropocene. As a result, he was a member of the “Anthropocene” Working Group from 2010 to 2016.
Revkin speaks to audiences around the world about the power and limits of emerging media and science in fostering human progress with the fewest regrets. TIME magazine named him one of the top 25 bloggers in 2013 for his work on Dot Earth. He is also a performing songwriter and performed frequently over 20 years with Pete Seeger. Two films have been based on his work: Rock Star (Warner Brothers, 2001) and The Burning Season (HBO, 1994). He lives in the Hudson Valley.