Russell Gold

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Russell Gold
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Russell Gold (born 1971) is an author and journalist for Texas Monthly.[1] He was previously an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the San Antonio Express-News and suburban correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer.[2]

He is best known for his energy reporting on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the cause of the Camp Fire (2018). He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist [3] and a two-time winner of a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for Large Newspapers.[4][5][6]

In 2019, he was part of a Wall Street Journal team whose reporting on Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the cause of the Camp Fire (2018) was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020.[7] The reporting was also awarded the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing from the National Press Foundation, and a Geral Loeb Award for Beat Reporting.[8] He received the International Association for Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2016.[9]

Gold graduated from Columbia University in 1993 with a degree in history.[10] He is the author of The Boom, a book that explores the history of Fracking, and "Superpower" about renewable energy and Michael Peter Skelly.[11]


The Boom (Simon & Schuster, 2014): In The Boom, Russell Gold examines the issue of fracking through interviews with memorable and colorful characters: a green-minded Texas oilman who created the first modern frack; an Oklahoman natural gas empire–builder who gave the world an enormous new supply of energy but was brought down by his own success; and many others. Russell not only details the history of fracking, but also underscores how the controversial procedure is changing the way we use energy.

Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy, (Simon & Schuster, 2019).


  • 2020: Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing from the National Press Foundation[8]
  • 2020: Gerald Loeb Award for Beat Reporting[6]


  1. ^ Roush, Chris (July 9, 2021). "WSJ reporter Gold joining Texas Monthly". Talking Biz News. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  2. ^ Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics
  3. ^ Pulitzer Prize website
  4. ^ "Loeb Award Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 28, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Gerald Loeb website
  6. ^ a b Trounson, Rebecca (November 13, 2020). "Anderson School of Management announces 2020 Loeb Award winners in business journalism" (Press release). UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes".
  8. ^ a b "Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing".
  9. ^ IAEE website
  10. ^ "AitN: May 18, 2020". Columbia College Today. 2020-05-18. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  11. ^ Gold, Russell (10 November 2020). Superpower. ISBN 9781501163593.

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