Flagler to host Pulitzer-winning environmental writer

Pulitzer-winning environmental writer
February 4, 2016

St. Augustine, Fla. — Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental journalist Dan Fagin will discuss his 2014 book “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,” and will examine the profound effects of careless environmental practices on communities, during his lecture at Flagler College on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

His talk, titled “Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond,” is part of the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy.

“Toms River”— called “a new classic of science reporting” by The New York Times — tells the story of a small New Jersey town ravaged by industrial pollution. The book melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and unforgettable characters into a sweeping narrative. In addition to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the book was awarded the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. 

“Dan Fagin’s narrative of the arrival and explosive growth of a chemical plant in New Jersey in the 1950s weaves a complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller,” writes National Public Radio.

Fagin is a science journalism professor at New York University and has been published in The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature and Slate. Before joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Dan was the environmental writer at Newsday for 15 years. He has won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the U.S.: the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers.

For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. All Forums take place in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.

Call (904) 826-8572 or visit here for more information.


Flagler College is a private, four-year comprehensive college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 32 majors, 44 minors and two pre-professional programs. Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost. A Flagler education is less than half the cost of similar private colleges, and competitive with many state universities. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for its historic beauty. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark built in 1888 by railroad pioneer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler. For more on Flagler College, visit www.flagler.edu.