Award-winning writer Michael Kodas visiting Western on Nov. 13

Book cover image for “Megafire: The Race To Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame”

Award-winning writer Michael Kodas visiting Western on Nov. 13

Nov 2, 2018

The Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder, Michael Kodas, is scheduled to speak at Western Colorado University on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The lecture titled “Fire and Ice: Investigative Environmental Journalism in the World’s Harshest Landscapes” will take place in the West Wing Reading Room within the Leslie J. Savage Library on campus from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Kodas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of “Megafire: The Race To Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame” and “High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed.” He will talk about the investigative reporting and photojournalism that took him from crime reporting on Mount Everest to the deadliest megafires on the planet.

“Society is increasingly realizing that what happens in the world’s most remote environments—the Arctic, Antarctica, Himalayan peaks and vast, flammable forests—does not stay in these places, but trickles down to affect all of us,” said Kodas, an instructor in CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. “I’ve been privileged to be able to document many of these environments and see how they impact all of their lives.”   

Kodas, who has joined Everest climbing expeditions and U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews to report his books, has spent 30 years as a photojournalist, reporter, author and videographer.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Newsweek as well as on the CBS Evening News, PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, Dateline NBC and National Geographic News Watch.

Photo of writer Michael Kodas of CU Boulder

“High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed” was named best nonfiction in USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards of 2008. His latest book, “Megafire: The Race To Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame,” won this year’s Colorado Book Award, taking first place in the General Nonfiction category.  

In 1999, Kodas was part of the team at the Hartford (Conn.) Courant awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage. In 2003, his environmental photography was honored with a solo exhibition at Yale University.

Kodas is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was a Ted Scripps Fellow in environmental journalism at CU Boulder.

The event is being cosponsored by Western’s Politics & Government Department and CU Boulder’s Office for Outreach and Engagement. Free refreshments and snacks will be available during the event.

About CU Boulder’s Office for Outreach and Engagement

The Office for Outreach and Engagement is part of the Division of Continuing Education and supports CU Boulder’s commitment to serving the state through public outreach and community engagement. Since 2001, the office has helped connect research, teaching and creative work with public needs across Colorado and beyond, working closely with campus and community partners to coordinate lectures, educational programs, performances, collaborative research projects and more. 

Photo from book cover of "Megafire: The Race To Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame."