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Award-Winning Writer Andrew Revkin Joins National Geographic Society

Revkin will Serve as Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism


The National Geographic Society today announced that Andrew Revkin has joined the global nonprofit as strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism. Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced journalists focused on environmental and human sustainability and examining how new communication tools might foster progress on a finite, fast-changing planet.

In his new role, Revkin will help expand the Society’s support of environmental and science journalism, concentrating on grantee recruitment and external partnerships. He will draw on his extensive journalism background as well as his teaching and capacity-building experience, which includes running blogging workshops for scientists and mentoring journalists in developing countries.

We are thrilled to welcome Andrew Revkin, one of today’s premier science writers, to the National Geographic Society. Andrew’s unparalleled understanding, extensive network and overall energy and enthusiasm are sure to accelerate and enhance the Society’s support of science and environmental journalism, which is more important now than ever.
​Kaitlin Yarnall, vice president of media innovation at the National Geographic Society.

Revkin has written on global environmental change and risk for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican. His fourth book, “Weather: An Illustrated History, from Cloud Atlases to Climate Change, co-written with his wife, environmental educator Lisa Mechaley, is scheduled for release May 1 and will be previewed this week at the 24th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Va.

Revkin comes to National Geographic from the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica, where he had been the senior reporter for climate change since 2016.

While it was hard to leave ProPublica, which is such a brilliant team, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to help the National Geographic Society — an institution I’ve admired since childhood — shape an expanded and enduring support system for advancing sustainability-focused journalism around the world.
Andrew Revkin, strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism at the National Geographic Society

From 2010 through 2016, Revkin wrote his award-winning Dot Earth blog for The New York Times Opinion section and was the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University. There, he developed and taught a graduate course called “Blogging a Better Planet” and co-created an award-winning field course on environmental filmmaking.

From 1995 through 2009, Revkin was a staff reporter at The New York Times, covering issues ranging from threats to New York City’s water supply and the Y2K computer challenge to the Indian Ocean tsunami and climate science and policy.

Revkin has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship and Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He has written acclaimed and award-winning books on the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arctic, global warming and the assault on the Amazon rain forest as well as three book chapters on science communication.

You can follow Revkin on Twitter at @revkin.

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.