Alec Luhn is an independent journalist with a focus on the changing communities and ecosystems of the far north. A fluent Russian speaker, he was previously a Moscow correspondent for the Guardian and The Daily Telegraph and has also been published in The Atlantic, GQ, The Independent, MAXIM, The Nation, The New York Times, POLITICO, Reuters, TIME, Slate, and WIRED, among others. His television and radio journalism has appeared on CBS News, NPR and VICE News. Alec was a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow and has been honored with the Dean's prize at University of Wisconsin and awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Milwaukee Press Club.
During a decade abroad, Alec reported from the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, annexed Crimea, war-torn Syria and Chernobyl reactor four. In the Arctic, he has covered oil spills, permafrost thaw, reindeer herding, polar bear patrols, Gulag towns and the world's only floating nuclear power plant, among other topics.
As a Scripps fellow, Alec will study how climate change and resource extraction are altering the fragile environment of the north, with deep repercussions for reindeer and caribou and the indigenous peoples that depend on them.