Derrick Z. Jackson

Fellow
Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson is a UCS Fellow in climate and energy and the Center for Science and Democracy. He is an award-winning journalist and co-author and photographer of “Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock,” published by Yale University Press (2015).

Jackson was a 2001 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, a 9-time winner of awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, a 2-time commentary winner from the Education Writers Association, a commentary winner from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and co-winner of the Columbia University Meyer Berger Award. He was a winner or finalist for national and regional journalism awards 29 of his 37 years at the Boston Globe and Newsday for a wide body of work on local, national and international politics, sports, public health, civil rights and the environment. He was also a featured contributor to, “The Speech: Race and Barack Obama’s ‘A More Perfect Union,’ ” published by Bloomsbury (2009).

Jackson is also an accomplished photographer with museum and library exhibits of his images of President Obama. His wildlife images have been re-printed by the Audubon Society, the Wilderness Society, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Journal of Wildlife Management.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Jackson was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University and holds honorary degrees from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Salem State University and the Episcopal Divinity School. He also has been honored with Curry College’s Human Rights Award and the UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Alumni Community Service award for his volunteering in scouting and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

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