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Cristine Russell

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Cristine Russell

Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Contact:
Telephone: 617-496-4140
Fax: 617-495-1635
Email: cristine_russell@ksg.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Cristine Russell is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written about science, health and the environment for more than three decades. She was a former national science reporter for The Washington Post and The Washington Star and is the current President of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, a group of distinguished journalists and scientists dedicated to improving science news coverage for the general public. Ms. Russell is also a past president of the National Association of Science Writers and a contributor to A Field Guide for Science Writers (2006). She serves on the boards of the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Commonwealth Fund and Mills College. She is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, and has a biology degree from Mills College. She was a Spring 2006 Fellow at the KSG Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Her research focuses on the future of science writing and how to improve news media coverage of controversial scientific issues, from climate change to avian flu. She is organizing workshops for reporters and scientists and planning a book on current controversies in science, health and the environment.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

April 1, 2014

The IPCC presser was livestreamed, but those present still got the best stories

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Columbia Journalism Review

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Digital connection can only get reporters so far; those present still get the best stories

 

 

March 28, 2014

Polar Bears ‘R’ Us

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Columbia Journalism Review

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

UN report makes a media-ready case for the imminent dangers of climate change.

 

2013

Winter 2013-14

"Putting A Price On Nature"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Planting a forest to improve air quality may prove to be as cost-effective as expensive new pollution control equipment, according to preliminary results from a novel experiment at a Freeport, Texas chemical plant. Officials involved in the study say this innovative approach could become a test case before the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which has identified reforestation as a potential air quality improvement strategy.

 

 

October 10, 2013

Putting a Price on Nature

News

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Planting a forest to improve air quality may prove to be as cost-effective as expensive new pollution control equipment, according to preliminary results from a novel experiment at a Freeport, Texas chemical plant. Officials involved in the study say this innovative approach could become a test case before the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which has identified reforestation as a potential air quality improvement strategy.

Leaders of an unusual collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, the world's largest conservation group, and the Dow Chemical Company, a Fortune 100 corporation, told a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) audience this week that they were encouraged by initial findings validating a dollars-and-cents approach to valuing nature that may help businesses with their bottom line while improving the environment in local communities.

 

 

September 30, 2013

To tell a complicated climate science story: simplify, shorten, list

Op-Ed, Columbia Journalism Review

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Reporting on the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focused on short, Webby pieces

 

 

Wikimedia Commons

January 5, 2013

The American Woman Who Wrote Equal Rights Into Japan's Constitution

Op-Ed, The Atlantic

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

American efforts to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution have failed since the early 1920s. But, in 1946, a 22-year-old naturalized American citizen participating in a secret crash project in occupied postwar Japan succeeded in writing two strikingly simple but powerful clauses into the modern Japanese constitution that stipulate equality among the sexes as well as civil rights for women involving marriage, money, and family.

 

2011

AP Photo/Cliff Owen

August 28, 2011

Exit Obama, Enter Irene: A Dispatch From Martha's Vineyard

Op-Ed, The Atlantic

By Ben Heineman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

The Coast Guard cutter that was moored calmly off our beach on Martha's Vineyard is gone.  So is the man it was protecting,  our quiet neighbor, the president of the United States.  He left two days ago, after a tranquil week of fair skies and moderate winds and a largely private family vacation.

Today, we confront a new visitor who is brusquely making her  presence known.  As hurricane Irene storms into New England,  the sea is already a foaming white fury; the wind is whistling through the eaves; the rain is slanting like descending spears: the barrier beach separating the pond and the ocean has disappeared under crashing waves; and tall trees are bowing down to the gods of nature. And the worst is yet to come, with winds on the east side of the storm, where we are, intensifying throughout the day.

 

 

Summer 2011

"CRISTINE RUSSELL: What happens at the intersection of media and science?"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Joseph Leahy and Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

When Cristine Russell chose nuclear energy as the topic of the third seminar in the Belfer Center spring series, “Clean Energy and the Media," no one knew of the radioactive disaster that would unfold in Japan. Two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami crippled reactor cooling mechanisms at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the seminar's discussion with scientists and journalists provided valuable insight at a critical point in the crisis.

 

2009

19 June 2009

"Science Journalism Goes Global"

Op-Ed, Science, volume 324

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

When swine flu struck swiftly in Mexico, it created a challenge not only for international public health officials but also for journalists around the world assigned to follow the unfolding story. They needed to explain, in the face of great uncertainty and a nonstop news cycle, what the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus was and the potential dangers it posed. It was a difficult story handled most capably by experienced health and science reporters.

 

 

March 6, 2009

Washington Post Pools Its Resources

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Columbia Journalism Review

By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

In the latest of many recent changes at The Washington Post, the management has announced a new plan to coordinate all health, science and environmental coverage paper-wide—from national to lifestyle—under a single editor.

 

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