Disproportionate Exposures to Toxics: A Conversation with Environmental Justice Reporter Brian Bienkowski

June 13, 2018
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Slides & Resources

Environmental Health News website

Brian Bienkowski on Twitter

Stories by Brian Bienkowski – Environmental Health News

Cold War-era military site continues to pollute fish and Yupik people (article by Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News, Dec 4, 2017)

Stories by Brian Bienkowski – Scientific American

News outlets to pitch environmental justice stories to:

Center for Public Integrity – An American nonprofit investigative journalism organization
Inside Climate News – a non-profit and non-partisan news organization, focusing on environmental journalism
Scalawag Magazine (specific to the South)
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On June 13 we joined Brian Bienkowski, reporter and editor at Environmental Health News and the Daily Climate, for a discussion of how vulnerable communities across America bear a disproportionate burden of contamination from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). From Michigan to Alaska, Bienkowski has investigated environmental justice stories in which industrial and military pollution threatens the health and traditions of Native peoples. He has also reported on environmental health disparities among communities of color, low-income communities, and women and children, and has focused much of his reporting on investigating the scientific evidence of adverse health effects of exposure to EDCs such as bisphenol A and PFAS.


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Brian BienkowskiBrian Bienkowski joined Environmental Health News in 2012 and had an immediate impact, anchoring a reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for EHN.org's 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. He also won 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and has received awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and The Aronson Social Justice Journalism Awards.

He holds a master's degree in environmental journalism and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He lives with his fiancé, Dani, and their five (!) four-legged friends in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he can be found playing mandolin or untangling his fly line from stream side tag alders.


This call was hosted by the CHE-Alaska Partnership, which is coordinated by Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT). It lasted for 60 minutes and was recorded for the call and webinar archive.