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December 9, 2014
Dan Grossman has been a print journalist and radio and web producer for 25 years. He has reported from all seven continents including from near both the south and north poles. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and a B.S. in physics, both from MIT. He is a Contributing Editor of National Geographic’s News Watch and contributes frequently to PRI’s program The World. He has been awarded a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. He is author of "Deep Water: As Polar Ice Melts, Scientists Debate How High Our Oceans Will Rise," and coauthor of "A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists."
Dan gets a ride with his multimedia audio and video recording kit on a freight bike in Dhaka Bangladesh.
Dan is currently working on projects related to reporting in the Himalayas of India, the Andes of Peru and the tar sands region of Alberta. With help from an SEJ Science Journalism Grant, he travelled to three areas in India where he saw examples of how glacier recession, caused by global warming, is disrupting farming and threatening mountain villages. The first story he wrote concerned increased threats of catastrophic floods in Sikkim. In collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, he’s building an enhanced e-book about India glacier recession, which will contain video he shot there. He’s also working on an e-book about tar sands oil, supported in part with money he raised in a crowd-funding campaign.
Dan has been reporting on climate change research and human impacts for nearly two decades. He has no plans to let up now. He says increasing evidence of the dire consequences of not addressing this problem quickly and effectively keeps him motivated. He has plans to report on European energy efficiency and on how tropical rain forests will respond to warmer conditions. The SEJ has not only supported his work, but has put him in touch with colleagues who provide the moral support (and sometimes assignments) that freelancers need and crave.