William J. Broad
is an author and
a senior writer at The New York
. In twenty-five years as a science correspondent, he has
written hundreds of front-page articles and won every major
journalistic award in print and film. His reporting has
explored everything from exploding stars and
the lives of marine mammals to the
spread of nuclear arm and the speed
at which Titanic sank.
His journalism is featured in The Best American Science
. The yearly anthologies include articles of his on the
reversal of the earth’s magnetic field and the history of carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere.
Broad’s reporting has taken him to Paris and Vienna, Brazil and
Ecuador, Kiev and Kazakhstan. In December 1991, he was among the
last Westerners to see the Soviet hammer and sickle flying over the
Kremlin. Broad's media appearances include Larry King Live, The
Charlie Rose Show, The Discovery Channel, Nova, The History
Channel, and National Public Radio. His speaking engagements have
ranged from the U.S. Navy in Washington, to the Knickerbocker Club
in New York, to the Monterrey Aquarium in California. He recently
spoke at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the
Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.
earned a masters degree in the history of science from the University of
He lives with his wife and three children
in New York.
Broad has won two Pulitzer Prizes with Times
as well as an Emmy and a DuPont. He won the Pulitzers for coverage
of the space shuttle Challenger disaster and the feasibility of
antimissile arms. In 2002, he won the Emmy for a PBS Nova
documentary that detailed the threat of germ terrorism, based on
his best-selling book Germs
. He was a Pulitzer finalist in
2005 for articles written with Times
colleague David E.
Sanger on nuclear proliferation. In 2007, he shared a DuPont Award
(The Discovery Channel) from the Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism for the documentary, "Nuclear Jihad: Can
Terrorists Get the Bomb?"
Broad is the author or co-author of seven books, most recently
The Oracle: The Lost Secrets and Hidden Message of Ancient
(The Penguin Press, 2006). Germs:
Biological Weapons and America's Secret War
Schuster, 2001) was a number-one New York Times
bestseller. His books have been translated into more than a dozen
languages. His other titles include The Universe Below:
Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea
(Simon & Schuster,
1997); Teller's War: The Top-Secret Story Behind the Star Wars
(Simon & Schuster, 1992); and (with Nicholas
Wade) Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of
(Simon & Schuster, 1982).
he received criticism for an article on the sustainability of the
blue grenadier fish from
representatives of the New Zealand fishing industry.