David K. Funkhouser
Reporter, writer, editor and manager with many years’ experience in newsrooms, and as a science writer at Columbia University. Directed and produced award-winning investigations and story projects, video projects, explanatory journalism, breaking news, magazine pieces and features. Familiar with several computer and online media platforms; collaborate well with editors, writers, photographers and designers, and can produce sharp, clear content on deadline.
In 2010, I completed a master of arts degree in science writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and went to work as the science writer at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. I worked from 2011 into 2017 as a writer and content manager for the Earth Institute at Columbia. Recent work is featured on the Home and Video pages of this site. Freelance work includes stories for Scientific American and the Yale School of Public Health, and reporting on the health and environmental effects of nanotechnology for the New Haven Independent (http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/category/nanotech/).
Earth Institute, Columbia University / 2011-2017
Writer/content manager: I wrote, blogged, tweeted, edited and managed various parts of the Earth Institute website, including the State of the Planet blog, and helped produce a variety other publications, including a monthly e-newsletter. Topics include oceanography, climate, seismology, geophysics, marine biology, paleontology, sustainable development. Tracked new findings, wrote news releases and feature stories for web and print, and produced videos for the web.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory / 2010-2011
Science writer/media relations: I wrote about the work of the 200-plus scientists studying earth sciences at the Lamont-Doherty campus in Palisades, NY, part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Topics included oceanography, climate, seismology, geophysics, marine biology, paleontology. Tracked new findings, wrote press releases and feature stories for web and print; handled media relations for Lamont-Doherty (www.ldeo.columbia.edu).
The Hartford Courant, Connecticut’s largest daily newspaper / 2000 – 2009
Staff writer/environment (2007-2009): Covered environmental issues statewide, including Long Island Sound, climate change, pollution and regulation, legislative affairs.
- Conceived and produced a series of stories on how climate change is affecting the state.
- Wrote about issues before the legislature, land use and development, pollution of state beaches and contamination of water supplies.
- In August 2008, chosen for a national Knight Foundation fellowship, traveling to Alaska to study climate change.
Staff writer/general assignment (2005-2007): Covered community news, environmental issues associated with Long Island Sound, general assignment work.
- Produced hundred of stories of local and regional interest. Coverage included police and other breaking news, corruption, politics, court cases, profiles and features.
- Expanded local coverage to include many environmental issues and began work on a series of stories looking at the impact of climate change.
Assistant editor, Northeast Magazine (2000-2005): Edited stories and wrote pieces for the newspaper’s Sunday magazine.
- Partnered with writers, photographers and graphic artists to produce a steady stream of cover stories and inside pieces, and conceived and produced special theme editions of the magazine (on sex and fishing).
- Wrote reported pieces for the magazine — cover stories, short essays and features.
- Won national recognition in the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation award for public service in 2002 as a major contributor to “Complicity,” an 80-page issue of Northeast that broke new ground investigating Connecticut’s economic and personal ties to slavery. Edited, researched and wrote for the project, which was incorporated into school curricula across the state.
The New Haven Register, New Haven, CT / 1995 – 2000
Sunday editor, 100,000-circulation daily newspaper (1995-2000): Planned and produced Sunday edition, weekly Health & Science and Travel sections; supervised newsroom, developed story ideas and projects. Conceived and edited an award-winning, year-long series on parenting, and series on welfare reform, race, World Special Olympics and an investigation into sales of city tax liens. “The Parenting Project” won a special award in 1998 from the New England Press Association.
Managing editor (1994-1995): Supervised staff of 120; directed daily news operations, recruiting and hiring. Successfully expanded recruitment of minorities and hired a number of top-notch reporters; managed a new audiotext system offering readers additional access to expanded news and practical information.
The Middlesex News, Framingham, MA / 1979 – 1994
Managing editor, 45,000-circulation daily newspaper (1992-1994): Supervised staff of 48; planned coverage; assigned and edited stories; coordinated scheduling, budgeting. From 1979-1992, served in string of positions, from reporter to metro and Sunday editor. From 1976-1979, wrote and edited at Century Publications, a chain of weekly newspapers based in Arlington, Mass.
- During tenure at The Middlesex News, the newspaper won a 1991 Merit Award, New England Newspaper Assoc., for the Sunday edition; 1989-90 Newspaper of the Year, NENA; honorable mention, public service, 1988, New England AP News Executives Assoc.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MA in Science Writing, 2010. Course work in conservation biology, physics, climate change, ecology and evolution, genetics, neuroscience, history of science. Thesis on research into breeding and conservation of the horseshoe crab. Created a web site on the history of science in New York City as an ongoing teaching tool for the MA/Science program.
University of Denver, Denver, CO, BA in English, March 1974
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, diploma, June 1969
Other professional development:
- Knight Foundation fellowship on climate change, August 2008.
- Nieman Foundation for Journalism narrative writing conference, six years
- National Writer’s Workshop, Hartford, annual conference, two years
- Digital photo and video training programs, The Hartford Courant
- Member, National Association of Science Writers
- Society of Professional Journalists, member, former board member CT chapter
- Member, Society of Environmental Journalists
Technical skills: Adobe Premier, WordPress, Movable Type, Quark, CCI, Atex, Dewarview — word processing, layout and pagination; Mac and PC; photography, video and audio.