An award-winning author and journalist, Andrew Revkin has spent 20 years covering subjects ranging from murder in the Amazon to the crash of TWA Flight 800, from the persistent pollution of the Hudson River to global climate change.
Since 1995, he has been an environment reporter for The New York Times, first for the Metro section and since 2000 for Science Times. He covered several aspects of the 9/11 terror attacks, including the anthrax mystery, the emissions from ground zero, the drought in Afghanistan, and the quest by the Pentagon to produce a new generation of weapons to strike deeply buried targets.
Before joining the paper, Mr. Revkin spent five years writing books. His first, "The Burning Season" (Houghton Mifflin, 1990), chronicles the life of Chico Mendes, the slain leader of the movement to save the Amazon rain forest. "The Burning Season" won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Prize and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, was published in nine languages, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. "The Burning Season" was the basis for the HBO film of the same name, starring Raul Julia and directed by John Frankenheimer ("Manchurian Candidate"). The film won two Golden Globes and two Emmys.
Mr. Revkin also wrote "Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast" (Abbeville, 1992). The book was the companion volume to the first museum exhibition on climate change, created by the American Museum of Natural History.
He occasionally writes about music for the Times. A 1997 profile of a young singer who replaced his heavy-metal idol in the band Judas Priest is the basis for Rock Star, a Warner Bros. film starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.
Mr. Revkin has been a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest. He has also written for The New Yorker, Audubon, Conde Nast Traveler, and other magazines. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, and the Brazilian paper O Globo.
His articles have won many journalism awards, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He has lectured frequently on writing and the environment at colleges across the country and has discussed environmental issues on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, and CNN.
Mr. Revkin has a bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia. He lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. Mr. Revkin is also a musician and songwriter, performing frequently with Pete Seeger at regional festivals.