Kenneth R. Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, focuses on topics at the intersection of science, environment and public health. He covers the connections between women’s rights and reproductive health with hunger, poverty, national security and environmental decline. Much of his reporting overseas is financed by grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His series, Beyond 7 Billion, published by the Los Angeles Times on the causes and consequences of human population growth won the Robert F. Kennedy award. He was the lead reporter for the Altered Oceans series, which showed how the slow creep of environmental decay often has a more profound impact than cataclysmic natural disasters. Currently he is working on projects for National Geographic and writing for Nature and others. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, Weiss has won the George Polk Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award and many others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in folklore from UC Berkeley and lives in Carpinteria, California. Like many Californians, he prefers to conduct his own ocean research from his surfboard.

Presentations

  • Storytelling Evening: True Stories Told Live True stories told live Working in the field of conservation, you have great stories to tell. We will kick off this fun evening of storytelling with a short talk on the elements of story, and then practice what humans have done, gathered around the campfire since the beginning of time – tell stories that make us laugh, cry, and most importantly remember. We’ll invite folks to ...
  • Symposium Dinner: The Power of One Los Angeles Times writer Ken Weiss. photographed 12.21.2006The power of one Conservation issues can be difficult to communicate to general audiences. All too often stories about the environment are depressing. They can feel overwhelming in their scope or even dull given the slow, incremental pace of change. This makes it all too easy for people to turn away, click to a different page, or ignore the topics altogether. But there are ways that ...