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Cristine Russell

Mailing address

Littauer
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

 

2016

November 3, 2016

Arctic Innovation Lab

Op-Ed, News Deeply, Arctic Deeply

By Halla Hrund Logadóttir and Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program

A dozen international graduate students identify ways to address some of the most pressing problems facing the Arctic now and in the future—and turn them into opportunities.  

 

2015

Igors Jefimovs, Wikimedia

December 1, 2015

At the Paris climate talks, media coverage takes a turn

Op-Ed, Columbia Journalism Review

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

The initial media coverage of the two-week summit of nearly 200 countries reflected a solemn tone, as did symbolic images of empty shoes that lined the streets of Paris following French President François Hollande’s security decision to cancel the planned climate march.

 

 

May 8, 2015

Divestment Debate: Should Harvard Divest from Fossil Fuels?

News

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

Should Harvard divest its financial holdings in fossil fuel companies to help address the climate change crisis? In the first Kennedy School public debate on this controversial issue, two prominent Harvard professors recently addressed that question, presenting arguments for and against joining the global divestment campaign.

 

 

Arctic Circle Assembly

Spring 2015

"Confronting Dangerous Climate Change"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

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

From the endangered Arctic to the nation’s capital, the challenges posed by human-caused climate change have been front and center at the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP).

ENRP sponsored a delegation of 12 HKS students and Belfer Center research fellows to attend the 2014 Arctic Circle Assembly, held in Reykjavik, Iceland from October 29 to November 2. The Assembly convened delegations from 40 nations as well as senior industry and NGO leaders to discuss national security and energy as well as environmental issues facing the region.

 

2014

October 6, 2014

"Here’s how to produce strong Ebola stories"

Op-Ed, Columbia Journalism Review

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

The first American case of Ebola, diagnosed last week in Dallas, TX, was a real-time test for government officials seeking to quell public fears about the prospect of a major outbreak here—and for journalists reporting the story at the local, national, and international levels. By and large, both public health experts and mainstream media get good marks in terms of clear communication about the Texas Ebola case, despite some medical mishaps in Dallas and cable news hyperbole.

 

 

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

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.