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Elizabeth Kolbert
Born 1961 (age 52–53)
The Bronx, New York
Residence Williamstown, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation journalist and author
Spouse(s) John Kleiner
Awards Heinz Award 2010

Elizabeth Kolbert (born 1961) is an American journalist and author. She is best known for her 2006 book Field Notes from a Catastrophe, and as an observer and commentator on environmentalism for The New Yorker magazine.[1]

Youth and education[edit]

Kolbert spent her early childhood in the Bronx, New York; her family then relocated to Larchmont, New York, where she remained until 1979.

After graduating from Mamaroneck High School, Kolbert spent four years studying literature at Yale University. In 1983, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Universität Hamburg, in Germany.


Elizabeth Kolbert started working for The New York Times as a stringer in Germany in 1983. In 1985, she went to work for the Metro desk. Kolbert served as the Times' Albany bureau chief from 1988 to 1991, and wrote the Metro Matters column from 1997 to 1998.

Since 1999, she has been a staff-writer for The New Yorker.[1]

She received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2006. She served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Kolbert resides in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband, John Kleiner, and three sons.[3] She appeared on on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on February 11, 2014, to discuss her book The Sixth Extinction.





  • 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award[8]
  • 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest[9]
  • 2006 Lannan Literary Fellowship[10]
  • 2006 National Academies Communication Award[11]
  • 16th Annual Heinz Awards (with special focus on global change), 2010[12]
  • 2010 National Magazine Award for Commentary[13]
  • 2010 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Science Writing [14]


  1. ^ a b "Contributors: Elizabeth Kolbert". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Author Profile: Elizabeth Kolbert", Simon & Schuster
  4. ^ Marina, Gosnell (March 16, 2006). "In Epoch of Man, Earth Takes a Beating". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2014. "In a final chapter on the "Anthropocene," a newly minted term meaning the geological epoch defined by man, Ms. Kolbert turns from her mostly unbiased field reporting to give her own opinion. She is not optimistic, in large part because it appears that Anthropocene man can't be counted on to do the right thing. "It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself," she writes, "but that is what we are now in the process of doing."" 
  5. ^ http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/The-Best-American-Science-and-Nature-Writing-2009/9780547002590
  6. ^ http://us.macmillan.com/thesixthextinction-1/ElizabethKolbert
  7. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/books/review/the-sixth-extinction-by-elizabeth-kolbert.html?hpw&rref=books&_r=0
  8. ^ http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/sja/winners.shtml
  9. ^ http://www.magazine.org/asme/about-asme/pressroom/asme-press-releases/national-magazine-awards-2006-winners-announced-40th-anniversary-celebration
  10. ^ http://www.lannan.org/bios/elizabeth-kolbert/
  11. ^ http://www.keckfutures.org/nakfinews/Q2.2010/J/Archive.Comm_Award_Gugg_Fellows.html
  12. ^ "Profile: Elizabeth Kolbert", Heinz Awards website
  13. ^ http://www.magazine.org/asme/about-asme/pressroom/asme-press-releases/asme-announces-winners-2010-national-magazine-awards
  14. ^ http://www.gf.org/fellows/16807-elizabeth-kolbert

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:56:15 -0700

It's unusual to be able to date the vanishing of a species. The last time a dodo was seen, on the island of Mauritius, was probably in 1662, but no one knows how long the bird survived, unseen and in low numbers. The last confirmed sighting off a great ...
The Conversation AU
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:56:15 -0700

Elizabeth Kolbert: A lot of extinctions have been caused by alien species. This is especially true on islands, but also in Australia which has lost many native species to native invaders. That's a big driver — we're moving species around the world ...
Albany Times Union (blog)
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Dan Barber, chef-owner of the restaurants Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, and The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert will present a conversation called “Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food” at 7 p ...
The New Yorker
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:18:45 -0700

This past Fourth of July, the photographer Emiliano Granado and his friend Daniel Pasley set out on a monthlong road trip across the American West. Granado and Pasley, who consider themselves “unofficial anthropologists,” travelled seven thousand miles ...
Berkshire Eagle
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:26:15 -0700

The insightful questions by Elizabeth Kolbert, and from the audience as well, added to an extremely educational and entertaining evening, and Alex Dest's inspirational introduction inspired me to at least begin to re-think the way I eat (not sure I'm ...

The New Yorker

The New Yorker
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:58:11 -0700

Daily Cartoon · Daily Cartoon: Monday, August 25th. By Benjamin Schwartz. Most Popular. The Truth About Hello Kitty. By Colin Stokes. Abercrombie & Fitch's No-Go Logo. By Vauhini Vara. A Century of Extinction. By Elizabeth Kolbert. In Search of a ...

The New Yorker

The New Yorker
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

Scott Campbell, a tattoo artist who began inking bikers and moved on to Heath Ledger and Courtney Love, admitted that he now has a publicist. He said his had suggested that when a reporter visited “you do wheelies on your motorcycle, then drink some ...

National Center for Science Education

National Center for Science Education
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:26:26 -0700

How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate is, according to its publisher, "[t]he essential climate-debate handbook — everything you need to know about climate science to change minds." Elizabeth Kolbert, the author of The Sixth Extinction, writes ...

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