Andrew Revkin, one of America’s most honored and experienced journalists focused on environmental and human sustainability, is the founding director of a new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute. Revkin has written on global environmental change and risk for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican -- mostly for The New York Times.
Before moving to Columbia this year, he spent a year as a strategic adviser at the National Geographic Society, where he helped expand the Society’s funding, training and support systems for journalism and communication innovations that can advance the human journey and conserve biological diversity in a century of momentous global challenges. From 2016 through early 2018, he was the senior reporter for climate change at the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica.
From 2010 through 2016 he wrote his award-winning Dot Earth blog for The Times Opinion section and was the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University. There, he developed and taught a graduate course called “Blogging a Better Planet” and co-created an award-winning field course on environmental filmmaking.
He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 through 2009, covering issues ranging from threats to New York City’s water supply to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami and, of course, climate science and policy. 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 made three Arctic reporting trips and was the first Times reporter to file stories, video and photos from the sea ice around the North Pole.
Revkin began reporting on climate change in the 1980s in magazines and never stopped. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship and Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He has written acclaimed and award-winning books on the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arctic, global warming and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication.