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Award Winner Andrew Revkin

2008 John Chancellor Award Winner

Andrew Revkin has spent a quarter of a century covering subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. He has reported on the environment for The New York Times since 1995, a job that has taken him to the Arctic three times since 2003. That year, he became one of the first journalists to file stories and photos from the floating sea ice around the North Pole. He conceived a three-part Times series and award-winning one-hour documentary on the transforming Arctic. He recently exposed efforts by political appointees to rewrite government climate reports in the White House and prevent NASA scientists from conveying their views on warming.

He has been a pioneer in multimedia journalism, blogging, podcasting, and shooting stills and imagery for stories from far-flung places.

Revkin’s third book is The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World (Kingfisher, 2006), the first account of global and Arctic climate change written for the whole family. The Washington Post concluded simply: “Bundle up and read.”

He has written two other books. The Burning Season (1990; 2004 updated edition, Island Press) chronicles the life of Chico Mendes, the slain leader of the movement to save the Amazon rain forest. The book was published in 10 languages, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and was the basis for the HBO film of the same name, starring Raul Julia and directed by John Frankenheimer.

Previously, he was a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest.

He has a biology degree from Brown, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia, and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2007 from Pace University. Revkin lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. He is also a performing songwriter and musician and plays in the roots-blues band Uncle Wade.

Read Revkin’s work

Dot Earth, The New York Times

Postcards from the Arctic, The New York Times

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him, The New York Times, January 29, 2006

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