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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
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:52:30 -0700

Graptolites indicate a major die-off. What will the fossils of our own day reveal? Credit Jan A. Zalasiewicz. The Geological Society of London, known to its members as the Geol Soc (pronounced “gee-ahl sock”), was founded in 1807, over dinner in a ...


Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:42:44 -0700

In the same way that work changed forever the way we think of pesticides, and of ecosystems, Bill McKibben's "The End of Nature" and Elizabeth Kolbert's "Field Notes From a Catastrophe" would, decades later, reshape public awareness of global warming ...


Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:33:45 -0700

The idea of going paleo is attractive to someone like me, who feels he is living in an unhealthy, vapid world of consumerism. The sprawl of modern humanity is clearly unhealthy for earth's biodiversity and for the stability of our climate. And it makes ...

Business Insider

Business Insider
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:03:19 -0700

"We are effectively undoing the beauty and the variety and the richness of the world which has taken tens of millions of years to reach," Elizabeth Kolbert told NPR's Terry Gross while discussing her book "The Sixth Extinction." There have been five ...
Viral Global News
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:50 -0700

A mass extinction is an event in the history of the Earth when extraordinarily large amounts of species have been completely wiped out either all at once, or died off within the same time frame. There have been five mass extinctions in the earth's ...


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:26:15 -0700

Elizabeth Kolbert proves she is able to frame such realities for maximum impact in her extraordinary book, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” In both ominous and amusing tones, she weaves together stories of mass and single species ...
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:41:15 -0700

... on architecture and urbanism, including profiles of David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels, interviews with window-washers and elevator testers, reviews of the Google car and the Oslo Opera House, and searing reports from Elizabeth Kolbert and George Packer.
Bowling Green Daily News
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700

“The story of the Sixth Extinction, at least as I've chosen to tell it, comes in thirteen chapters,” Elizabeth Kolbert explains in the prologue to “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” her new best-seller on the precarious place human beings ...

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