New York Times Reporter to Discuss Difficulties Covering the World

Andrew Revkin, environment reporter for The New York Times, will discuss, “The Daily Planet: Why the Media Have Trouble Covering the Biggest Story in the World – The World Itself” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by F&ES with support from the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale. For more information, contact Fred Strebeigh, 203-432-2250 or fred.strebeigh@yale.edu.

An award-winning author and journalist, Revkin has spent 20 years covering subjects such as murder in the Amazon, the crash of TWA Flight 800, the persistent pollution of the Hudson River and global climate change.

An environment reporter for The New York Times since 1995, first for the Metro section and more recently for Science Times, Revkin was part of the Times’ team covering the events following 9/11, including the World Trade Center fires and the anthrax attacks.

His other writing includes a book that chronicles the life of Chico Mendes, the slain leader of the movement to save the Amazon rain forest. “The Burning Season” (Houghton Mifflin, 1990), which won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Prize and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, was published in nine languages and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The book was the basis for the HBO film of the same name, starring Raul Julia and directed by John Frankenheimer (Manchurian Candidate). The film won two Golden Globes and two Emmys. He also wrote “Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast” (Abbeville, 1992). The book was the companion volume to the first museum exhibition on climate change, created by the American Museum of Natural History.

Revkin is a musician and songwriter, performing frequently with Pete Seeger at regional festivals, and he occasionally writes music for the Times. Revkin was a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times, a senior writer at Science Digest and writer for many other prominent media outlets.

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