Center for Environmental Journalism

CEJ Faculty & Staff

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, and a Professor at the University of Colorado. He also serves as a faculty member in CU's Environmental Studies Program. Prof. Yulsman keeps a career as a journalist going by covering the Earth and environmental sciences, astronomy and astrophysics for major magazines and newspapers. He writes regularly for Discover magazine, including for ImaGeo, a visual blog he created that focuses on the intersection of imagery, imagination and planet Earth. His book, Origins: The Quest for our Cosmic Roots, was published in 2003. Before joining CU in 1996, Yulsman was editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. In addition to Discover, his work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, Audubon, and Astronomy. Yulsman received his MS degree in 1980 from the the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He can be reached at

Michael Kodas is Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, and an instructor in the Journalism & Mass Communication program. Kodas is a photographer, writer and the author of the bestselling book High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed. His work has appeared in many major publications, including the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Outside, Geo and OnEarth. From 1987 until 2008 he was a staff photographer, picture editor and reporter at the Hartford Courant, where he specialized in adventure and environmental journalism. In 1999, Kodas was part of a team of Courant journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He has also won awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Society of American Travel Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and others. During the 2009/2010 academic year, Kodas was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the CEJ. He is currently working on a book titled "Megafire," which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Kodas can be reached at

Deserai Crow is Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and affiliated with the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research. She joined the CU faculty in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2008, and moved to the Environmental Studies program in 2012, where she is an assistant professor. She teaches courses related to environmental policy and media/information in environmental issues. Crow earned her PhD from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include local environmental policy processes and the role that information (mediated, interpersonal & scientific) play in those processes. She is particularly interested in environmental issues in the western United States. Previous research focuses on the adoption of non-consumptive recreational water rights by Colorado communities and the factors that influenced policy change within these communities. She is currently working on projects that focus on local media coverage of environmental issues, information in local policy decisions, and policy processes within government agencies. After earning her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder, she worked as a broadcast reporter and producer, developing an interest in media influences and practices, especially as they relate to environmental issues. She can be reached at

Len Ackland, Emeritus: Until his retirement in the spring of 2013, Len Ackland served as co-director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and an associate professor in the Journalism & Mass Communication program at the University of Colorado. He was also the founding director of the CEJ. Ackland worked for more than 20 years as a full-time journalist, including reporting jobs at the Des Moines Register and the Chicago Tribune. He was editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine before joining the University of Colorado faculty as an associate professor in 1991. Among his journalism honors are the George Polk Award and the National Magazine Award. His book, Making a Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West, was published in paperback by the University of New Mexico Press in 2002. He can be reached at 


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