Ken Silverstein (business journalist)

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Ken Silverstein
BornUnited States
GenreJournalism, business

Ken Silverstein is an American business journalist who focuses on global energy issues, climate and environmental issues, and international economics. He is a contributor to Forbes[1] and The Christian Science Monitor.[2]


Silverstein received a BA and an MBA from Tulane University, and an MA in print journalism from American University.[3] His first job in journalism was working in New York City as an intern for PBS' The McNeil/Lehrer Report in 1983, shortly before it expanded to The McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.[4]

During the savings and loans crisis in the late 1980s, he covered the insurance and banking industries for American Banker Financial Publications and the Journal of Commerce from Washington, DC.[5][6] From there, he moved to the energy beat and wrote for Primedia magazines.[7]

In 2002 he became an online energy columnist for IssueAlert, an energy and utilities online column sent to global subscribers and owned by Scientech and UtiliPoint.[8][9] He is the former editor-in-chief of the online publication, EnergyBiz Insider that is part of Energy Central. His column was subsequently reproduced by news organizations and think tanks that include CommoditiesNow, RealClearEnergy and the Breakthrough Institute.[10] He is also the former editor-in-chief for Public Utilities Fortnightly,[11] Silverstein's work continues to be cited on news sites and referenced in national magazines, newspapers and journals such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, EnergyBiz, Atlantic Monthly, Chicago Tribune and the HuffPost.[12] His business reporting and columns about global warming and the environment focus on coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, and solar energies.[13]

The author's focus is increasingly becoming international with energy, environmental, and trade coverage from China, Japan, Thailand, the Middle East, and Europe.


Silverstein was part of a team that produced editorial projects for Primedia magazines during the early 2000s.[14][15] That work focused on regulatory issues in California. As a columnist for IssueAlert, Silverstein focused on ethics, corporate culture, crisis mitigation, and Enron. At the time he placed part of the blame for the Enron crisis on the media.[16] Enron and its impact on corporate conduct is a theme in which Silverstein revisited in Forbes May 2013, EnergyBiz May 2013, and EnergyBiz July 2013.

Southern California Edison[edit]

In 2012 and 2013, Silverstein wrote a series of stories about Southern California Edison's nuclear operations in Southern California. Sources inside the company had told him confidentially that the utility had known of defects with its new steam generators several years before those same issues had caused small radiation leaks in 2012. The company had accused him of journalism malfeasance. But letters surfaced that backed up those claims and the nuclear units were officially retired in June 2013.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Media Industry News (MIN) honored Silverstein as one of the "Most Intriguing People in Media."

Silverstein was presented the Gold for Original Web Commentary by the American Society of Business Press Editors in 2012. ASBPE Award

Silverstein's column "Will the Nuclear Sector Rise Again?" for EnergyBiz Insider won the Best Online Column in 2011 presented by Media Industry News.[17] In 2011 he was named a top economic and financial journalist by the nonprofit Wall Street Economists Institute project.[18][19]

Silverstein's article "Venezuela’s Power Grab" for EnergyBiz Insider was awarded the bronze for Original Web Commentary at the 2008 American Society of Business Publication Editors National Digital Awards.[20] His article "Energizing America" for EnergyBiz Insider received an honorable mention for online column at the 2010 MinOnline Editorial and Design Awards.[21]


  1. ^ Forbes
  2. ^ Christian Science Monitor
  3. ^ "Member Profile: Ken Silverstein". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  4. ^ Silverstein, Ken (May 26, 2011). "Journalistic Principles Commentary: Tracing the Insider's Roots". EnergyBiz Insider. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  5. ^ Silverstein, Ken: “Officials Seek Removal of Barriers Overseas”, Journal of Commerce, June 7, 1990
  6. ^ Silverstein, Kenneth: “U.S. Official Says State-Level Rules Don’t Impede EC”, Journal of Commerce, July 18, 1990
  7. ^ Silverstein, Ken: “Banking caste system to affect corporations,” Corporate Cashflow, August 1992, p. 40, 49
  8. ^ Silverstein, Ken: “The Pressures of Trading,” IssueAlert, October 23, 2002
  9. ^ "Ten years after and still hungry". Retrieved April 15, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Multiple sources:
  11. ^ "The View from Here". Fortnightly. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  12. ^ Multiple sources:
  13. ^ Multiple sources:
  14. ^ Silverstein, Ken: “Crisis Management,” Utility Business, March 1, 2001, p. 40
  15. ^ Silverstein, Ken: “Getting Inside the Mind of a Trader,” Utility Business, May 2000, pp. 24-27
  16. ^ Silverstein, Ken: “Enron Made Suckers of the Media” Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, IssueAlert, August 8, 2003
  17. ^ “Min's 2011 Editorial & Design Awards: Online Column” Archived November 11, 2011, at the Library of Congress Web Archives,
  18. ^ “Who’s Who of Wall Street”, Wall Street Economists
  19. ^ “Who's Who of Wall Street List Announced by Wall Street Economists”, PRWeb, May 4, 2011
  20. ^ “National Editorial Awards 30th Annual Awards of Excellence”, American Society of Business Publication Editors
  21. ^ “Min’s Editorial & Design Awards 2010”,

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