Chris Mooney (journalist)

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Chris Mooney
Chris Mooney Jan 2010.jpg
Born (1977-09-20) September 20, 1977 (age 36)
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Nationality United States
Occupation Journalist

Christopher Cole "Chris" Mooney (born September 20, 1977) is an American journalist and academic who focuses on science in politics.


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.[1]

Written work[edit]

Mooney is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a contributing editor for Science Progress.[2] He maintains a blog, The Intersection, with Sheril Kirshenbaum. Originally hosted by Discover Magazine, the blog moved to Science Progress in 2011.[3] Mooney also maintained a blog Doubt and About for the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, last contributing in 2006.[4]

He is the author of four books:

In recent years, Mooney has contributed to a variety of other publications, including Slate,, 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.[5]

Recurring topics in Mooney's writing include global warming, the creation–evolution controversy, bioethics, alternative medicine, pollution, separation of church and state, and the government funding of education, research, and environmental protection.

Chris Mooney participating in "Science and Public Policy" panel at CSICON 2011 in New Orleans


In 2009, he joined the Center for Collaborative History at Princeton University for the Spring semester as a visiting associate.[6][7]

From 2009 to 2010, Mooney was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[8] Only 10 to 12 journalists from the U.S. and around the world are accepted for such a fellowship per year.[9]

In February 2010, Mooney was named a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow at the Templeton Foundation.[10][11]

From 2010 to 2013, Mooney served as one of the hosts of the Center for Inquiry podcast Point of Inquiry. Mooney, co-host Indre Viskontas, and producer Adam Isaak, announced their resignation in June, 2013. [12]The first episode of the new podcast, Inquiring Minds, was released in September 2013.[13]


  1. ^ "AGU Board adds new members with expertise in science policy and communication". Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  2. ^ The Science Network: Biographical note
  3. ^ Mooney, Chris. "The Intersection Has Officially Moved to Science Progress". The Intersection. Discover Magazine. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Doubt and About". Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "About the Author". Basic Books. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  6. ^ The Center for Collaborative History
  7. ^ "Author Bios: Chris Mooney", The Nation
  8. ^ 2009–10 Knight Fellows
  9. ^ Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT
  10. ^ Chris C. Mooney. "The Rumors of My Fellowship Have Been Greatly Accurate". 
  11. ^ "Chris Mooney-Accommodationism and the Psychology of Belief". Point of Inquiry. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  12. ^ "Point of Inquiry Team Resigns, Launches New Show with Mother Jones". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Inquiring Minds on Facebook. "Inquiring Minds Podcast". Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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