Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

Andrew Revkin has been reporting on the environment and science for more than a quarter century, including nearly 15 years as a staff writer at The New York Times. He has covered subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon, from the troubled relationship between science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. In 2010, he joined the Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding. There he is studying, writing and teaching about ways to sustain human progress on a finite planet.

Revkin is the only science reporter to have received a John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence. His climate coverage won the inaugural National Academies Communication Award for print journalism, presented by the National Academy of Sciences. He has twice won the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, along with other prizes, has won an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

He is a pioneer in multimedia journalism, filing audio, video and award-winning photography along with his stories from far-flung places. In 2007, he created Dot Earth, a blog on sustainability that Time magazine calls a “must read.”

Revkin has written three books, including The Burning Season, on the murder of Amazon defender Chico Mendes, which was awarded the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Prize and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was made into the HBO film of the same name, which won three Golden Globes and two Emmys. His newest book, and first for younger readers, is The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, on the once and future Arctic.

He has a biology degree from Brown University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Along with his work at Pace, he has taught at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and Bard College’s Graduate Center for Environmental Policy. He lectures around the country on communication, climate, energy and sustainability. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, Lisa Mechaley, who is an environmental educator, and two sons.

Recent Events and Presentations

December 15, 2010

ITIF and other leading policy think tanks host a day-long conference to ask the hard questions about energy technology policy and innovation in America.