Dean Russell

Science and investigative reporter

Dean is an award-winning reporter covering the environment and health. His work has been published by NPR, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Grist, Center for Public Integrity, The Texas Tribune, Southerly Magazine, and others. He was a '20 Columbia Journalism Investigations fellow and a producer for NPR's Here & Now and On Point.

His reporting for the Center for Public Integrity and Columbia Journalism Investigations' series "Hidden Epidemics" helped earn first prize for public-health reporting (large) in the 2020 Association of Health Care Journalists awards.

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


Stories, Investigations, Essays

A selected collection of work on science, the environment, health, and other issues.

Thousands of working-age Americans have died from the virus, underscoring the often-crushing financial fallout of losing a loved one to the pandemic. Some are seeking a compensation fund modeled on aid for 9/11 victims’ kin.

By Dean Russell
April 8, 2021

Researchers looked at the medical records of 230,000 U.S. survivors of COVID-19 and found 34% of them experienced such issues. Of those, 13% had no recorded history of a mental or psychological diagnosis.

By Dean Russell and Robin Young

April 8, 2021

New research into when and why people go to hospitals after hurricanes will help these facilities better prepare for future disasters

By Dean Russell
April 1, 2021

An oil company wants to drill in Big Cypress National Preserve. Laws over mineral rights have complicated the fight to stop it.

By Dean Russell
March 9, 2021

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.

By Dean Russell & Jamie Smith Hopkins

August 25, 2020


The mounting mental toll of disasters

Healing emotional wounds after disaster

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

By Dean Russell, Elisabeth Gawthrop, Veronica Penney, Ali Raj & Bridget Hickey

June 16, 2020

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

By Dean Russell & Jamie Smith Hopkins

April 2, 2020

The effort to bring Mexican gray wolves back to the Southwest is complicated by the fuzzy line between science and politics.

By Dean Russell

October 21, 2018

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

By Dean Russell

March 30, 2017

Kansas' Republican governor boasted his conservative tax plan would deliver a "shot of adrenaline" to the state economy. But then the opposite happened.

By Jeremy Hobson, Dean Russell & Samantha Raphelson

October 25, 2017

An estimated 4% U.S. inmates did not commit the crime for which they've been convicted. Few have their convictions reversed. Lamonte McIntyre is one of them.

By Dean Russell

November 22, 2017

Mount Washington sits at the center of three major storm tracks coming from the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific Northwest. Its summit is about 2,000 feet above tree line, providing no resistance to the wind. A perfect place for an impromptu hike.

By Dean Russell

August 15, 2015




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