Mooney, Chris

Journalist, Author


Mooney was born in Mesa, Arizona, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B.A. in English from Yale University in 1999, and has been a member of the board of the American Geophysical Union since November 2010. He is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a contributing editor for Science Progress. Additionally, he maintains a weblog, The Intersection, with Sheril Kirshenbaum and writes an online column named Doubt and About for the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, where he serves as a contributing editor. He is the author of four books: The Republican War on Science, 2005 Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming, 2007 Unscientific America, co-written with Kirshenbaum, 2009. The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality. In recent years, Mooney has contributed to a variety of other publications, including Slate,, Mother Jones, Legal Affairs, Reason, The American Scholar, The Washington Monthly, the Utne Reader, Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, the Washington City Paper and The Boston Globe. Chris Mooney is one of the new hosts of the Center for Inquiry podcast Point of Inquiry, his focus being on science and public policy. Taking over from D. J. Grothe, he will host about half the shows, having started in February 2010. In 2009, he joined the Center for Collaborative History at Princeton University for the Spring semester as a visiting associate. In 2009–10, Chris Mooney was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Only 10 to 12 journalists from the U.S. and around the world are accepted for such a fellowship per year. In February 2010, Mooney became a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow at the Templeton Foundation.

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