Michael Pollan (Professor)
Michael Pollan is the author, most recently, of "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto." His previous book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals", was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World", "A Place of My Own", and "Second Nature". A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003 and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing, Best American Essays and the Norton Book of Nature Writing. Pollan served for many years as executive editor of Harper's Magazine and is now the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley.
A former editor and acting editor-in-chief of The Sciences, Edwin Dobb has been an independent writer for the past 20 years, contributing to Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic, among others. Dobb is the co-writer and co-producer of a documentary film, called “Butte, America,” that aired on Independent Lens in the fall of 2009. He is a former Hewlett Teaching Fellow in Environmental Journalism and member of the Editing Workshops. Dobb also is an adjunct professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana.
David Tuller was a reporter and editor for ten years at the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as health editor at Salon.com and frequently writes health stories for the New York Times. He received his masters in public health at Berkeley in 2005.
Jennifer Kahn is feature writer for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Wired magazine, among others. A graduate of Princeton University and UC Berkeley, she has degrees in astrophysics and journalism, and has been a recipient of the CASE-UCLA media fellowship in neuroscience. Her work has been chosen for the Best American Science Writing series four times. She is also featured in Best American Sports Writing 2010.
Marilyn Chase is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in English, and the University of California at Berkeley with a Master's in Journalism. As a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Chase covered a variety of medical beats including the biotechnology industry, disease research and personal health. She is the author of "The Barbary Plague: the Black Death in Victorian San Francisco," (Random House, 2003).