Kevin Krajick

Kevin Krajick is senior editor for science news at the Earth Institute and Columbia Climate School. He grew up in the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley of upstate New York, where he started in journalism at his high-school newspaper. He has since reported from all 50 U.S. states and 30-some countries, covering science, criminal justice, immigration and other subjects. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Science, Smithsonian and many other publications. His 2001 book "Barren Lands" is the true account of how prospectors discovered diamond mines in Canada's remote far north. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.


M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1977B.A. cum laude, Columbia University School of General Studies, 1976. Honors in comparative literature.

Honors & Awards

2019 "The Scientific Detectives Probing the Secrets of Ancient Oracles," (published in Atlas Obscura) reprinted in the annual book Best American Science and Nature Writing2019 Honorable Mention, National Association of Science Writers Institutional Writing Award, for Earth Institute multimedia package, "The Melting of Greenland, Seen Up Very Close"2014 Michel T. Halbouty Distinguished Lecturer, Geological Society of America: "Diamond Hunters, Remote Lands and the Human Footprint" 2006 "The Mummy Doctor" (The New Yorker) and "The Endless Quest to Predict Earthquakes" (Smithsonian) reprinted in the yearly book Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, for "Defusing Africa's Killer Lakes" (Smithsonian)1998 American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, for "The Crystal Fuel: Earth's Greatest Energy Source May Lie Under the Oceans" (Natural History)1998 Brock Award for Distinguished Writing on Agriculture, California Polytechnic University, for "Rise of the Snow Geese (Audubon)1996 Science Writing Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass., and Institute of Arctic Biology, Toolik Lake, Alaska. 1992 Consumer Service Award, National Council Against Health Fraud, for "The Stay-Young Hucksters: Enriching Lives or Shrinking Wallets?" (Longevity Magazine)1992 Safer Society Award, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, for long-term contributions to journalism about crime and delinquency in America1982 National Magazine Award for Public Service finalist for "Toxic Waste Dumping: The Crime Police Can't Ignore" (Police Magazine)