Douglas Fischer

Douglas Fischer
421 Park Street, Suite 4
Charlottesville VA 22902
434-220-0348 x413

Douglas Fischer has spent 20 years covering subjects ranging from climate science to environmental health to energy development.

Since 2015, he has served as director of Environmental Health Sciences, publisher of and 

From 2008 through 2014, he was editor of, an online, foundation-funded news service that covers climate change and aggregates mainstream climate news.

Before switching to the Web, Fischer spent eight years covering the environment for the Oakland Tribune and a number of San Francisco Bay Area papers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. Prior to that he spent five years in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where, among other hats, he was the paper’s restaurant reviewer. He started his journalism career in New York City, in Newsweek’s Letters Department.

His articles have won national and regional awards, among them an Award of Merit from the inaugural Grantham Prize, the world’s largest journalism prize. Data from one of his investigations, of a typical family’s chemical body burden, was published in a peer-reviewed article in Environmental Health Perspectives in 2006, and he has lectured frequently on environmental health and journalism in conferences, seminars and classrooms across the country.

He is also an adjunct professor at Montana State University, where he teaches an honors course on climate science and policy.

Fischer has a degree in philosophy from Columbia University and lives with his wife and two children in Bozeman, Mont., where he is learning to play piano.