Karl Grossman

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Karl Grossman is a full professor of journalism at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. For more than 50 years he has pioneered the combination of investigative reporting and environmental journalism in a variety of media. He has been the host of the nationally aired television program Enviro Close-Up and narrator and host of award-winning TV documentaries on environmental and energy issues. He is the author of six books and writer of numerous magazine, newspaper and Internet articles.


He is program host and writer of TV documentaries produced by New York-based EnviroVideo including the award-winning Chernobyl: A Million Casualties, Three Mile Island Revisited, Nukes in Space: The Nuclearization and Weaponization of the Heavens, "Star Wars Returns" and The Push to Revive Nuclear Power.

He has been chief investigative reporter for WVVH-TV on Long Island. He was a nightly news anchor at WSNL-TV on Long Island and hosted "Long Island World" on WLIW, Long Island's PBS station.

He is a regular contributor to Internet sites including CounterPunch, OpEdNews, Enformable and NationofChange.

His weekly column appears in The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press, The Sag Harbor Express, The Shelter Island Reporter, South Shore Press, Community Journal and in other Long Island newspapers and on news websites on Long Island including Smithtown Matters, Greater Bay Shore, Greater Patchogue, Greater Port Jeff and RiverheadLOCAL.

Grossman writes a blog for The Times of Israel.

He writes for the Manhattan Jewish Sentinel, Long Island Jewish World and The Jewish Tribune.

Grossman was an investigative reporter as well as a columnist for the Long Island Daily Press, a major newspaper serving metropolitan New York. With the demise of the paper in 1977, he continued to do investigative journalism in books, magazines and newspapers, on radio and TV and, in recent years, on the Internet.

He has done commentary on WRCN-FM and WLIU radio stations on Long Island and reported for WBAI radio in New York City.

His books include: Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power; The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat to Our Planet; Power Crazy: Is LILCO Turning Shoreham into America's Chernobyl?; The Poison Conspiracy; and Weapons in Space.

He has given presentations at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad and at other venues including the United Nations in New York and Geneva, the British Parliament, the Russian Academy of Sciences and at the Second All-Russia Congress on Protection of the Environment.

Awards he has received for investigative reporting include the George Polk, Generoso Pope, James Aronson and John Peter Zenger awards. He also has received citations from the New York Press Association, Press Club of Long Island, Society of Professional Journalists, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, New York Civil Liberties Union, Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting, Citizens Energy Council and Friends of the Earth. In 2018 he was named Environmentalist of the Year by the Long Island chapter of the Sierra Club. His TV documentaries have received Gold and Silver awards at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival and other honors. His journalism has been repeatedly cited by Project Censored, the media initiative at Sonoma State University, as involving the most “under-reported” issues.

He was the principal founder in 1974 and the first president of the Press Club of Long Island.

He is a member of the board of Beyond Nuclear, based in Takoma Park, Maryland, which works to eliminate nuclear power and nuclear weapons. He is a member of the board (secretary) of the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), headquartered in New York City. He is a member of the board of the Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding. For 20 years, he was a member of the Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace of the United Nations and the International Association of University Presidents, based at the United Nations.

Academic work[edit]

At the State University of New York College at Old Westbury he has taught courses including: Investigative Reporting; Environmental Journalism; Politics of Media; Introduction to Journalism; TV and Radio Journalism; and TV Documentary: Theories and Techniques. He also supervises an Internship in Journalism and Media program placing students at media throughout the metropolitan New York Area.

He was honored in 2003 at the State University of New York "Chancellor’s Recognition Dinner Honoring Research and Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences."


[Nuclear power is] a hell of a way to boil water.

Cover Up (1980) Page 155 (see PDF page 187)


  • Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power (1980)
  • The Poison Conspiracy (1982)
  • Nicaragua: America's New Vietnam? (1984)
  • Power Crazy:Is LILCO Turning Shoreham Into America's Chernobyl? (1986)
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat to Our Planet (1997)
  • Weapons in Space (2001)


Grossman's articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers including: The New York Times, USA Today, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Globe and Mail, The Ecologist, Earth Island Journal, E: The Environmental Magazine, The Crisis, The Nation, The Progressive, The Baltimore Sun, The Plain Dealer, The Orlando Sentinel, Columbia Journalism Review, Liberal Opinion Week, Science Communication, The Globe and Mail, Z Magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian, CovertAction Quarterly, The Miami Herald, Space News and Extra!.

External links[edit]

The most recent edition of Cover Up is available free online thanks to its publisher via [1]. Grossman encourages its download and use of the material—notably facsimiles of government and industry documents useful in exposing the dangers of nuclear power—that the book contains.

Karl Grossman's website is at: [2] karlgrossman.com And his blog is also featured on his www.karlgrossman.com website.