Faculty Profile

Dan Fagin

SHERP, Director

Dan Fagin is the director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, where he teaches Environmental Reporting and Current Topics in Science, Health and Environmental Journalism.

Awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, Dan's latest book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation (2013), was described by The New York Times as "a new classic in science reporting." It was included in several lists of the best books of 2013, including by NPR, which described Toms River as a "gripping, page-turning environmental thriller," and by Kirkus Reviews, which called it "fascinating" and "hard-hitting." Toms River is also finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Fagin's recent bylines include The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American and Slate. For 14 years he was the environment writer at Newsday, where he was a principal member of two reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His stories on cancer epidemiology in 2003 won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the United States, from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the co-author of the book Toxic Deception (1997), which was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors book-of-the-year award.

Fagin has been a Templeton-Cambridge Fellow in Science and Religion at Cambridge University and has also held fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and the Institute of Arctic Biology in Alaska. He is a former president of the 1,500-member Society of Environmental Journalists.

For more information about his books and articles, please see his website.

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