I have been an independent environmental journalist for 18 years, my writing has been published in dozens of publications around the world including National Geographic, New Scientist, The London Sunday Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Maclean’s Magazine, Earth Island Journal, The Toronto Star, Wired News, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, and Canadian Geographic.
Based outside of Toronto (Uxbridge), I am the international science and environment correspondent for the Rome-headquartered Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world’s 6th largest global news agency.
My IPS articles are published in over 500 newspapers and magazines all over the world reaching an estimated 200 million readers in up to 20 languages. IPS news is also broadcast by over 1000 radio stations, potentially targeting over 150 million listeners.
I also write for IPS affiliate, Tierramerica, located in Mexico City and IPS bureaus in Johannesburg and New Delhi.
A professional member of the International Federation of Journalists; Society of Environmental Journalists; Canadian Freelance Union; Media & Democracy Group (media training for democracy); Fellow, International League of Conservation Writers
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News media are in serious decline — 14,000 US journalists were let go in 2009 alone. Newspapers and magazines have slashed their budgets and important issues are no longer being covered.
There are crucial, future-shaping decisions to be be made but we are losing our ability to have an informed public.
The old model of journalism and media is broken. A new model is called community supported journalism — people like you and me supporting original, investigative journalism on important and overlooked subjects. Please see my Community Supported Journalism page for how you can help ensure people know about crucial environmental issues and solutions
“We need people like you. In tough economic times, where information flow is increasingly channelled and controlled, you perform a simply critical role. Hang in there. You are an admirable role model for the future.”
– E. Ann Clark, Associate Professor, University of Guelph.
“Stephen Leahy has done a superb job exposing the enormous sums the US government is spending on corporate welfare for big oil.”
–Ross Gelbspan, Pulitzer-prize winning editor and author of The Heat is On
“Stephen has mastered the art of accurately and engagingly conveying complex scientific ideas to a lay audience; the feedback we get on his work tends to be glowing, both from readers and researchers — which is a rare thing.”
– Katherine Stapp, IPS Regional Editor, North America and the Caribbean
Listen to my radio interview about climate change, the future of the oceans, and why leading scientists are hitting the streets to demand policy changes – from Vancouver, Canada’s RADIO ECOSHOCK a weekly environmental radio programme.
“Stephen Leahy, environmental journalist, gives his views on the climate conference from the press room in Copenhagen”.
My articles have been collected in two eBooks: Oil Stains in the Boreal Forest: The Environmental Cost of Canada’s Oil Sands 2.0 and Steve’s Hurricane Handbook 2007 . They have also been reprinted in a number of books including:
- Introducing Environment, Oxford University Press
- Current Controversies: Genetic Engineering, Greenhaven Press
- The Contemporary Reader, Pearson Educational Publishing
- Nature’s Fading Chorus, Island Press
I am a regular international speaker on environmental issues and have given talks on three continents in the past two years. I also address the communication of complex topics, working with the media and so on. Some recent engagements:
- Expo Zaragoza — World Expo on Water, Zaragoza, Spain
- International Forum on Drought, Sevilla, Spain
- Society of Conservation Biology, International Conference in San Jose, California
See Speakerfor more info.
I have been fortunate to receive a variety of educational and travel fellowships/awards including:
2009 Seafood Summit, San Diego, Ca.
2008 European Open Science Federation, Barcelona, Spain
2008 International Coral Reef Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
2006 European Open Science Federation, Munich, Germany
2004 Food Security, University of West Virginia
2002 Rice University, Houston, Nanotechnology Fellowship
2002 New Horizons in Science, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, Washington University, St Louis
2001 Climate Change, University of Maryland
1998 Environmental Journalism Program, Michigan State University
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