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Andrew C. Revkin
Born 1956
Occupation Environmental writer
Education Master's of Journalism
Alma mater Brown University
Columbia University
Genre Science writing
Subject Global warming
Notable works Dot Earth (blog); The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest
Notable awards Guggenheim Fellowship;
John Chancellor Award;
Feinstone Environmental Award


Andrew C. Revkin is an American, non-fiction, science and environmental writer. He has written on a wide range of subjects including destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, science and politics, climate change, and the North Pole. A reporter for the New York Times from 1995–2009, Revkin currently writes the Dot Earth environmental blog for The Times' Opinion Pages. He is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University,[1] as well as a songwriter and musician.

Education and career[edit]

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Revkin 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.[2]

In 2010, he joined Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies as Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding.[3]

Revkin has also written books on the once and future Arctic, the Amazon, and global warming.[4] 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."[5]


  • The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World. Boston: Kingfisher, 2006, ISBN 9780753459935
-- translated and published also in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Portuguese, and Thai editions[6]

Films based on his work[edit]

Two films have been based on Revkin's writing:

  • 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[edit]

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.[7]

His first album, A Very Fine Line, featuring guest contributions by Dar Williams, Mike Marshall (musician) and Bruce Molsky, was released in November, 2013.[8][9]


  • 2007 Honorary Sol Feinstone Environmental Award, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY[15]
  • His book, The North Pole Was Here, was "A Junior Library Guild selection"[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Andrew C. Revkin", Pace University, 2009. Accessed: December 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Cristine Russell, "Revkin Taking NYT Buyout: Veteran climate reporter to leave paper after Copenhagen summit, Columbia Journalism Review, December 14, 2009
  3. ^ Andrew Revkin (21 December 2009). "My Second Half". Dot Earth (New York Times). Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Molly Webster. "Backgrounder: Andrew Revkin". Bullpen. NYU Journalism. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Skipping Ahead". Seed. 21 April 2006. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  6. ^ WorldCat. Accessed: July 31, 2012.
  7. ^ Uncle Wade (website). Accessed: June 24, 2012.
  8. ^ http://veryfinlines.com
  9. ^ https://medium.com/p/5508e6f7cf55
  10. ^ "'Dot Earth' Blog Earns a Second National Communication Award..." Pace Law School, September 16, 2011. Accessed: December 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "Award Winner Andrew Revkin". 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Origin of the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism". Columbia University. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Q & A with Andrew Revkin". 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  14. ^ Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award/Series, 2007-2008, Tufts University. Accessed: December 3, 2012.
  15. ^ "New York Times Reporter Receives Honorary Feinstone Award", SUNY-ESF, September 13, 2007. Accessed: June 24, 2012.
  16. ^ WorldCat. Accessed: July 31, 2012.

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New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:28:22 -0700

A sailboat encounters a waterspout along a squall line in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives in 1984 (high resolution).Credit Andrew C. Revkin. Updated, 6:30 p.m. | Earth's climate is shaped by the interplay of two complicated and turbulent systems ...

New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:33:45 -0700

The New York City forecast office of the National Weather Service posted a stunning radar loop on Facebook from dawn this morning showing what is almost surely the daily commute of thousands of tree swallows rising from roosts on Goose Island in the ...

New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:43:59 -0700

It's way past time for California to come to grips with the possibility that its extraordinary water woes are the new normal — and essentially the return of the old normal given the state's climate history, in which drought has been the rule and the ...

New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:16:36 -0700

Dave Leoni, a contractor, inspects a deteriorated chimney on an old brick house.Credit Andrew C. Revkin. Some readers may have noticed a prolonged hiatus here, only half of which was because of a brief escape to Winter Harbor, Me., my mother in law's ...

New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:18:45 -0700

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Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:30:43 -0700

They came, as New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin wrote at the time, “from whale lovers lamenting the notion of a lonely heart of the cetacean world”; others were “from deaf people speculating that the whale might share their disability.” After ...
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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:38:40 -0700

My friend and colleague Andrew Revkin found this wonderful video on the National Weather Service New York Facebook page and posted it to DotEarth, his N.Y. Times blog, this morning. It's so impossibly cool I just had to share it with you too.
Broadway World
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700

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