Dean Russell

Science reporter and radio journalist

Dean is a reporter for Columbia Journalism Investigations, a news team based at Columbia University, where he covers climate change and public health. His work has been published by NPR, The GuardianMother JonesThe Texas TribuneGristCenter for Public Integrity and others. Formerly, for NPR's Here & Now and On Point, he produced daily stories on technology, politics and the arts.

In 2019, he earned a Master of Arts in science reporting from Columbia Journalism School.​


Stories, Essays, Projects

A selected collection of my stories on science, the environment, public health, and other issues.

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.

Hurricane Harvey 2017, flooding in Sprin

How a decade of neglect and politics undermined the CDC’s fight against climate change.

Image by Aay Kay

THE CITY's searchable memorial, in words and images, of New York's lost thousands.

June 10, 2020 | THE CITY


A federal hotline received 27,000 calls and texts after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency

April 2, 2020 | Mother Jones

Image by engin akyurt

We’re digging into the stressful toll of wildfires, hurricanes and floods — and now COVID-19 on top of them.

Tropical Storm

Untreated inmates are 12 times more likely to overdose in the first two weeks after release. One drug may offer a solution

March 30, 2017 | NPR

Prescription Drugs



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