Chris Mooney (journalist)
September 20, 1977|
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Mooney was born in Mesa, Arizona, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B.A. in English from Yale University in 1999, and has been a member of the board of the American Geophysical Union since November 2010.
Written work 
He is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a contributing editor for Science Progress. Additionally, he maintains a weblog, The Intersection, with Sheril Kirshenbaum and writes an online column named Doubt and About for the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, where he serves as a contributing editor. He is the author of four books:
- The Republican War on Science, 2005
- Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming, 2007
- Unscientific America, co-written with Kirshenbaum, 2009.
- The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality. Wiley, 2012. ISBN 978-1118094518
In recent years, Mooney has contributed to a variety of other publications, including Slate, Salon.com, Mother Jones, Legal Affairs, Reason, The American Scholar, The Washington Monthly, the Utne Reader, Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, the Washington City Paper and The Boston Globe.
Recurring topics in Mooney's writing include global warming, the evolution-creation controversy, bioethics, alternative medicine, pollution, separation of church and state, and the government funding of education, research, and environmental protection.
Mooney is one of the new hosts of the Center for Inquiry podcast Point of Inquiry, his focus being on science and public policy. Taking over from D. J. Grothe, he will host about half the shows, having started in February 2010. In 2009, he joined the Center for Collaborative History at Princeton University for the Spring semester as a visiting associate.
From 2009–10, Mooney was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Only 10 to 12 journalists from the U.S. and around the world are accepted for such a fellowship per year.
- "AGU Board adds new members with expertise in science policy and communication". Retrieved 2011-03-27.
- The Science Network: Biographical note
- Committee for Skeptical Inquiry: Doubt and About
- "Center for Inquiry Announces Three New Hosts for its Popular Podcast, ‘Point of Inquiry’". Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- The Center for Collaborative History
- "Author Bios: Chris Mooney", The Nation
- 2009–10 Knight Fellows
- Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT
- Chris C. Mooney. "The Rumors of My Fellowship Have Been Greatly Accurate".
- "Chris Mooney-Accommodationism and the Psychology of Belief". Point of Inquiry. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
- "The Intersection with Chris Mooney", column at Science Progress.
- "Diagnosing the Republican Brain" by Chris Mooney, Mother Jones, March 30, 2012.
- "The Republican Brain on the Republican Brain" by Chris Mooney, Truthout, April 20, 2012.
- "Why the GOP distrusts science" by Chris Mooney, Salon, April 2, 2012.
- "Chris Mooney Dissects the Republican Brain" by Thorne Webb Dreyer, The Rag Blog, May 11, 2012. Includes podcast of Thorne Dreyer's May 4, 2012, Rag Radio interview with Chris Mooney (56:37).
- "Inside the Political Brain" by Chris Mooney, The Atlantic, May 1, 2012.
- "Climate Change's Myths and Facts" by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, March 21, 2009.
- Chris Mooney's blog at DeSmogBlog.