Consultant, Ropeik & Associates
Instructor, Harvard University
David Ropeik is an instructor at Harvard University, author, and consultant on risk perception, risk communication, and risk management. He is author of How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match The Facts (2010, McGraw Hill) and co-author of RISK, A Practical Guide for Deciding What’s Really Safe and What’s Really Dangerous in the World Around You (2002, Houghton Mifflin). He has written more than 50 articles, book chapters, and other essays, in both the peer-reviewed literature and the general media, on risk perception and risk communication. He is a widely cited expert on risk perception in the general press, and he blogs for Scientific American, Climate Central, BigThink.com, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post. Mr. Ropeik was a television reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston from 1978 to 2000, where he specialized in reporting on environment and science issues. He won the DuPont-Columbia Award twice, as well as seven regional EMMY awards. He wrote a science column for The Boston Globe from 1998 to 2000. He was a 1994-1995 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, a National Tropical Botanical Garden Fellow in 1999, and a member of the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists from 1991 to 2000. He is creator and director of a training program for journalists called “Improving Media Coverage of Risk” and has taught journalism at Boston University, Tufts University, MIT, and Northwestern University.