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Guest: Bud Ward Environmental Journalist & Educator 'Environment, Climate and the Role of the Journalist in Education'

Radio Streaming Broadcast: January 30, 2012


Bud Ward - Environmental Journalist & Educator



In 1988 Bud Ward established the nonprofit Environmental Health Center and founded Environment Writer, a newsletter for journalists covering natural resources and environmental issues. A co-founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in 1989, he has written two books on environmental regulatory issues and has authored books and more than 1,000 bylined articles on environmental issues and on journalism. He twice served as a frequent environmental analyst and commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He also founded and managed the Central European Environmental Journalism Program. Ward is Advisory Editor for the Oxford University Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2007); and in 2007/2008 he was an adviser for the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report, Climate Change and Human Development. Ward since its founding has been contest administrator for the Metcalf  Institute’s Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, at $75,000 the richest prize in journalism. George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communications in 2009 named Ward, a frequent lecturer and speaker on climate change and on journalism issues,  its “Climate Change Communicator of the Year.” In addition to memberships in the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), he is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Bud Ward, a freelance environmental journalist and journalism educator, is founder and editor of The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media.

Ward started his environmental journalism career in 1974 and later served as Assistant Director of a Congressional Clean Air Act Study Commission before founding The Environmental Forum policy magazine in 1982.

The Yale Forum on Climate Change and The Media


The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media is an online publication and forum to foster dialogue on climate change among scientists, journalists, policymakers, and the public. The Yale Forum is an initiative of the Yale Project on Climate Change, directed by Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Edited by veteran environmental journalist and journalism educator Bud Ward, The Yale Forum seeks to provide print, broadcasting, and online reporters and editors timely and credible information on one of the most important and complicated issues of our time. The Yale ForumThe Yale Forum will include useful media resources on climate change causes, consequences, and solutions. It will also analyze and discuss the process by which climate change is communicated through traditional and new media. In the changing media environment we all face, defines “media” to include diverse educational and communications venues such as museums, the arts, and music … along with traditional news media and digital new media.

Connecting scientists, journalists, and Communicators



Images & copy courtesy of Bud Ward & Yale University © 2011

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