New York Times Editor to Discuss History of Environment in American Politics

Robert Semple, environmental editor of The New York Times, will discuss “An Historical Perspective on the Rise and Fall of the Environment in American Politics” on Thursday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 205 Prospect Street.

Semple, a 1959 graduate of Yale College, won a 1996 Pulitzer Prize for his editorials on the environment. He joined the Times in 1963 and has served in various reporting and editing capacities. He was White House correspondent under Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, served as London Bureau Chief in the mid-1970s and as foreign editor from 1977 to 1982.

He then managed the Times’ op-ed page for six years, and since 1988 has been associate editor of the paper’s editorial page. He also carries the title of chief editorial writer.

The talk is free and open to the public, and part of the series on Politics and Environment in the 2004 Election Year.

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