NYT’s Eric Lipton to discuss Trump administration’s campaign to shrink EPA

Journalist Eric Lipton with the Poynter Fellowship logo.

Eric Lipton, who has been a New York Times investigative reporter for nearly two decades, will speak at Yale on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

His talk, “Earth Wars: The Trump Administration’s Campaign to Shrink the Size and Mission of the EPA,” will take place at 4 p.m. in Burke Auditorium at Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St.

The event is free and open to the public.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lipton is based in Washington, D.C., where he reports on government relations, corporate agendas, and Congress. He has spent much of the last year tracking efforts by the Trump administration to remake federal environmental regulation and change policies governing the management of national parks and federal lands.

In documenting administration’s policy changes and their effects nationwide, Lipton has used Freedom of Information Act requests — with the help of a legal clinic at Yale Law School — to collect thousands of pages of federal documents.

Lipton started his journalism career at the Valley News in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and subsequently worked at the Hartford Courant and then the Washington Post. It was at the Courant that he won his first Pulitzer in 1992, for a story investigating a scientific error on the Hubble Space Telescope. He won the award again in 2015 for stories investigating corporate lobbyists’ effort on state attorneys general.

After Lipton joined the Times in 1999, he covered Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the 2001 terrorist attacks. While he chronicled the cleanup and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, he wrote a book detailing the history of the Twin Towers and their destruction.

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 Dan Diamond, Lisa Friedman, and Jack Ewing.

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