Associate Director, The Center for Environmental Journalism
Michael Kodas, associate director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, has spent 30 years as a photojournalist, reporter, author and videographer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, the CBS Evening News, PBS Newshour, National Public Radio, Dateline NBC, Outside.com, GEO, Der Spiegel, OnEarth.com, National Geographic News Watch, MotherJones.com and many other domestic and international publications. His book, High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, was named best non-fiction in USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards of 2008 and was a question on the game show Jeopardy!
From 1987 until 2008 Kodas was a staff photographer, picture editor and writer at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant. In 1999 he was part of the team at The Courant awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage. In 2003 his environmental photography was honored with solo exhibition at Yale University. In 2012 he rescued his cat from a coyote in Boulder.
He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, held a Davidoff Scholarship at the Wesleyan Writers Workshop, and was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. For his environmental projects he has hiked the Appalachian Trail, circumnavigated Long Island Sound in a sea kayak, sailed as crew on the schooner Amistad, climbed on Mount Everest, and worked as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter. He is currently working on a book looking at the global increase in wildfires for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Kodas lives in Boulder with his wife, Carolyn Moreau, a videographer for the University of Colorado, and their famous three-legged cat, Otto.