Our first Conversation for 2015 featured Michael D. Lemonick, Writer-at-Large at Climate Central, a nonprofit research and journalism organization based in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to joining Climate Central, he spent nearly 21 years at Time magazine, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories on about science and the environment, including major pieces about climate change, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, ozone depletion and human impacts on Antarctica. He has also written six books, and written on a freelance basis for Discover, Slate, Audubon, Scientific American, National Geographic, Yale E360, Newsweek and other magazines. He teaches science journalism at Princeton, and has also taught at Columbia, Johns Hopkins and New York University. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Lemonick spoke to us about the challenges of reporting on climate change as well as the history of journalism on the subject.