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Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin

American writer
Andrew Revkin
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Intro American writer
Is Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth Rhode Island
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Andrew C. Revkin is an American science and environmental journalist and author. He has written on a wide range of subjects including destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, sustainable development, climate change, and the changing environment around the North Pole. In December, 2016, he joined the staff of the independent investigative newsroom ProPublica as senior reporter for climate and related issues. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1995 through 2009 and wrote the Dot Earth environmental blog for The Times' Opinion Pages from 2010 through 2016. From 2010 to 2016 he was also the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, He is also a performing songwriter and was a frequent accompanist of Pete Seeger.

Early life

Andrew Revkin was born and raised in Rhode Island. He graduated from Brown University in 1978 with a degree in Biology. He later received a Master's in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Early in his career he held senior editor and senior writer positions at Discover magazine and Science Digest, respectively.

From 1995 through 2009, Revkin covered the environment for The New York Times. In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories from the North Pole area and in 2005-6 broke stories about the Bush administration's interference with scientific research, particularly at NASA.

In 2010, he joined Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding.

Revkin has also written books on the once and future Arctic, the Amazon, and global warming. He was interviewed by Seed magazine about his book The North Pole was Here, which was published in 2006. He stressed that "the hard thing to convey in print as journalists, and for society to absorb, is that this is truly a century-scale problem."

Revkin is among those credited with developing the idea that humans, through growing impacts on Earth’s climate and other critical systems, are creating a distinct geological epoch, the Anthropocene. He was a member of the "Anthropocene" Working Group from 2010 to 2016. The group is charged by a branch of the International Commission on Stratigraphy with gauging evidence that a formal change in the Geologic Time Scale is justified.

Andrew Revkin reported for The New York Times in 2003 from a research camp set up on sea ice drifting near the North Pole. Scientists erected the sign, then added "was" as currents were pushing the ice several miles a day.


-- translated and published also in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Thai editions

Films based on his work

Two films have been based on Revkin's writing:

  • The Burning Season (1994), a prize-winning HBO film starring Raul Julia and directed by John Frankenheimer, was based on Revkin's eponymous biography of Chico Mendes, the slain defender of the Amazon rain forest.
  • Rock Star (2001), starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston, was based on "A Metal-Head Becomes a Metal-God. Heavy," a 1997 New York Times article by Revkin. The article described how a singer in a Judas Priest tribute band rose to replace his idol in the real band.

Songwriter and musician

Revkin is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who sometimes backed up Pete Seeger and, from 2003 to 2011, was part of Uncle Wade, a blues-roots band.

His first album, A Very Fine Line, featuring guest contributions by Dar Williams, Mike Marshall (musician) and Bruce Molsky, was released in November, 2013.


  • 2015 American Geophysical Union, Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism
  • 2011 National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine joint National Academies Communication Award
  • 2008 John Chancellor Award, Columbia University
  • 2007-2008 Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award, Tufts University
  • 2007 Honorary Sol Feinstone Environmental Award, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY
  • 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2003 National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine joint National Academies Communication Award
  • 2002 and 1986 American Association for the Advancement of Science (climate change, nuclear winter)
  • 1983 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, for a magazine article "on the worldwide death toll from misuse of Paraquat"
  • Honorary doctorate, Pace University
  • His book, The North Pole Was Here, was "A Junior Library Guild selection"

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