I’ve been a correspondent on NPR’s science desk since 2011. My reporting focuses on climate change and also the culture, business, and science of producing food. I’ve reported from farms in most states of the U.S. and also from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe.
Previously, I was an independent writer, editor, and radio producer, reporting on topics ranging from mosquito control in Iquitos, Peru, to struggling schools in Washington, D.C.
I’ve written two books. The first, Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food (Perseus, 2001) told the behind-the-scene story of the creation of genetically engineered crops. The second was Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, The Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare (Ecco, 2005).
I got my start in journalism working as a U.S. correspondent for New Scientist, a British science magazine. In 2009-2010, I taught journalism in Ukraine through the Fulbright program. I’ve also worked as an editor at NPR and for the podcast The Sporkful.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania, graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., and lived and worked for several years in Germany.
You can reach me at dcharlesdaniel [at] gmail [dot] com.