The Fresno State Institute for Media and Public trust will hold a seminar on science and environmental reporting on the afternoon of March 18 at Fresno State. The keynote speaker will be Pulitzer Prize winner and author Deborah Blum, who now is the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The title of her speech is “Science Journalism in the Age of Mistrust.” Please join us on the afternoon of March 18 at Fresno State.

In addition to the speech by Blum, the seminar will feature a panel of top science journalists discussing the challenges of covering science and environmental issues in today’s divided political environment. We will announce the panelists soon, but wanted to get this event on your spring calendars.

Blum, a former Fresno Bee reporter, is considered one of the best science journalists in the nation. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 as a reporter for The Sacramento Bee for her series, “The Monkey Wars,” which explored the complex ethical and moral questions surrounding primate research.

Blum is the author of six books, including The Poison Squad (2018), and The Poisoner’s Handbook (2010). She is a former president of the National Association of Science Writers, was a member of the governing board of the World Federation of Science Writers, and currently serves on the board of advisers of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Blum is co-editor of the book A Field Guide for Science Writers. In 2015, she was selected as the fourth director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.