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Steve Curwood

Steve Curwood Steve Curwood  
Associate of the Harvard Center for the Environment
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What does working with the Center mean to you?

As a science journalist, working with the Center has given me opportunities to present exciting and important findings to the public. The Center promotes critical and imaginative thinking about environmental change with workshops and discussions that I have come to enjoy and rely upon. For example, the work that Paul Epstein did—demonstrating the links between climate change and infectious disease locations—has informed our listeners around the world that the dangers of climate disruption go beyond the distant plight of polar bears and penguins. Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein have provided provocative insights into the relationship between biological diversity and human health. And James McCarthy and E.O. Wilson constantly remind me why learning and reporting in this area is not only important—it can also be fun.


Steve Curwood is Executive Producer and Host of Living on Earth. Steve created the first pilot of Living on Earth in the Spring of 1990, and the show has run continuously since April, 1991. Today, Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is aired on more than 250 PRI (Public Radio International) affiliates in the U.S., as well as Sirius / XM Satellite radio and the Internet. Steve's relationship with public radio goes back to 1979, when he began as a reporter and host of Weekend All Things Considered. He also hosted NPR's World of Opera.

Steve has been a journalist for more than 30 years with experience at NPR, CBS News, The Boston Globe, WBUR-FM / Boston and WGBH-TV / Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team. Steve Curwood is also the recipient of the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design; the 2003 David A. Brower Award, from the Sierra Club, for excellence in environmental reporting; and the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award, from Tufts University, for his work on promoting environmental awareness. He is president of the World Media Foundation, Inc., a director of the Woods Hole Research Center, and has lectured in Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University.

He lives in Southern New Hampshire on a small woodlot with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Noah, and he loves whatever time he can get with his adult progeny, Amira, Anastasia, and James.