NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2011 – Andrew Revkin, the noted science journalist who is now a Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University and writes the “Dot Earth” blog for The New York Times, has become the first two-time winner of the Communication Award bestowed jointly by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.
The award is arguably the most prestigious award in science journalism, coming from the nation’s preeminent scientific advisory organizations (the jury is journalists and educators) and includes a $20,000 check. It recognizes “excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public.”
...From 1995 through 2009, Revkin covered the environment for The New York Times. While the media largely ignored the climate story until the last several years, Revkin spent more than 20 years immersed in the subject, producing more than 500 magazine and newspaper stories, two books, a prize-winning Discovery-Times documentary, “Arctic Rush,” and hundreds of posts on his blog. His reporting on the political struggles over climate policy consistently broke stories. His exclusive exposé of efforts by political operatives to rewrite government climate reports in the White House and prevent NASA scientists from conveying their views on warming were quickly followed by the resignations of two presidential appointees.
In 2006 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.