Former Mother Jones staffer and author of “The Republican War on Science” Chris Mooney has joined the Washington Post and will now cover the environment, the news group announced Friday.
Prior to his gig at MoJo, Mooney worked as a freelancer, his material appearing in several publications, including Wired, Harper’s, Slate, Legal Affairs, the Los Angeles Times, the Post and the Boston Globe.
From the Washington Post announcement:
Chris is one of the most distinctive, provocative voices writing about environmental issues today, arguing that people’s preconceptions — political, religious, cultural — color the way they view science. More fundamentally, Chris has built a loyal audience through solid reporting and vivid, authoritative writing. His approach is to look for the compelling ideas behind topics that can otherwise become arcane, leading him to write thoughtful pieces on such subjects as how melting ice caps could create a permanent Superstorm Sandy and how conservative Christians can convince skeptics about climate change.
He will start as part of Wonkblog, and build toward the future rollout of a standalone blog that will pull together the excellent work of The Post’s all-star roster of energy and environment writers. Stay tuned for more details on that.
Mooney is also the author of “The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science- and Reality,” “Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future” and “Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming.”
The Washington Post’s decision to hire Mooney comes roughly one year after the news group was bought for $250 million by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Since being purchased by the tech billionaire, the Washington Post has parted ways with Ezra Klein, hired former National Review reporter Robert Costa and teamed up with the libertarian legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy.