Michael George Kodas
University of Colorado Boulder
Michael Kodas is the deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism in the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. He is the author of two books of investigative, narrative journalism, including Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame, which was named one of the 20 best nonfiction books of 2017 by Amazon. His writing and photojournalism focuses on a wide range of environmental issues including wildfire, deforestation, climate change, fisheries, development and endangered species. Journalistic assignments have taken him to mine fields in Vietnam, the high camps on Mount Everest, the jungles of Borneo, the most northerly permanent settlement in the world and Antarctica. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, National Public Radio, The PBS Newshour, Newsweek, the CBS Evening News, National Geographic New Watch, Mother Jones, Outside magazine, OnEarth, bioGraphic, ENSIA and many other publications. He was part of the team at The Hartford Courant awarded The Pulitzer Prize and has been honored with awards from the Pictures of Year International competition, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association. His book, High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, was named Best Non-Fiction in USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards of 2008, and was the subject of a question on the game show Jeopardy.