Q: Who is Peter Fairley?

Peter Fairley in San Franciscos electrical undergroundA:  An independent science writer and author with a passion for energy and its implications

Born on the outskirts of New York City, Peter has been moving ever since, building connections in Boston, Berkeley, Kyoto, Montreal, NYC, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C. These days he calls Vancouver Island home and explores energy systems globally. Peter has tracked the energy and climate story from the coalfields of Inner Mongolia to the unlit villages of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real and the PV-covered auto plants of Stuttgart. His byline appears regularly in diverse print and online publications, including Discover, Architectural Record, Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, Nature, and Earthzine. Peter is also a commentator on energy and the environment via national broadcast outlets in France, the U.S. and Canada such as France24, NPR and CBC, and enjoys talking energy with academic, business and journalism audiences. In 2015 his reporting on solar energy won the Society of Environmental Journalists’ award for Outstanding Beat Reporting.

12 years as an officer and board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists
Taught environmental journalism at the University of Victoria
Covered pollution politics as Chemical Week’s DC bureau chief
Ran script and researched for NBC Nightly News
M.A. in Science and Environment Reporting from NYU
Taught high school chemistry, physics & biology
Facilitated clinical R&D for Japanese pharma firms
Probed the genetics of sea urchin embryogenesis
B.Sc. in molecular biology from McGill UniversitySEJ_logo_2009

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