Derrick Z. Jackson


Derrick Z. Jackson is a UCS Fellow in climate and energy and the Center for Science and Democracy. In 2021, his commentaries for UCS won first place in the Scripps Howard Awards and in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists contest. He is co-author and photographer of “The Puffin Plan,” published by Tumblehome Books (2020) and first prize winner for teen nonfiction from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Formerly of the Boston Globe and Newsday, Jackson is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a 10-time award winner from the National Association of Black Journalists, 3-time NSNC winner, and 2-time winner from the Education Writers Association. He is also a winner from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and co-winner of Columbia University's Meyer Berger Award.

He has been honored in several outdoor photography contests, including third place in the 2020 BirdWatching magazine awards. As a 2016 Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he published a paper on national media’s failed coverage of the Flint Water Crisis.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Jackson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. He holds three honorary degrees and the UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Alumni Community Service award.