Journalist Kolbert to examine innovation's role in 'Racing Extinction'

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Kolbert is author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."

Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker, will speak at Yale on Tuesday, Oct. 24, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Kolbert’s talk, “Racing Extinction: Can Innovation Save Species?” will take place at noon in Burke Auditorium in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect St.

Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. Her work has included political profiles, book reviews, essays, and, mainly, extensive reporting on climate change. She won the 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest for her three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” which she adapted into a book, “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.” Kolbert’s most recent book, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Before joining The New Yorker, Kolbert worked at The New York Times for over 15 years. Her roles included writing the Metro Matters column, serving as the Albany bureau chief, working as a political and media reporter, and contributing to the Times Magazine. After graduating from Yale, Kolbert was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1983 to study at the Universität Hamburg, in Germany. 

Kolbert is the recipient of a Heinz Award and the Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Williamstown, Mass., with her husband and three sons.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Scott Anderson, Susan Dominus, and Graeme Wood.

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