Bill Kovarik is a Professor of Communication at Unity College in Maine. He teaches science and environment writing, environmental history and media law. He has written extensively about environmental and energy issues for publications ranging from the New York Times to Earth Island Journal. He is also an environmental historian and has served as a consultant with the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lloyds of London and other organizations.
He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (1974), the University of South Carolina (M.A., 1983) and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., 1993). His Ph.D. dissertation, The Ethyl Controversy, explored the role of the news media in protecting the public interest in a scientific controversy over leaded gasoline and safer alternatives. He will be on a leave of absence from Radford University in the 2014 – 2015 academic year.
Kovarik has also served on the faculty at the University of Western Ontario on sabbatical as the CanWest Media Fellow for 2009. He has also served on the faculty of Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina.
His professional experience includes reporting and editing for columnist Jack Anderson, the Associated Press, The Charleston (S.C.) Post-Courier, The Baltimore Sun, Time Magazine, Time-Life Books, Business Publishers, A.T. Times, Appalachian Voice and others. Freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Earth Island Journal, Daily Climate, Environmental Health News, and other publications.
Kovarik’s books include: “The Forbidden Fuel” (1982, 2010) with Hal Bernton and Scott Sklar), The Ethyl Controversy (1993); “Mass Media and Environmental Conflict” (1996, with Mark Neuzil, Sage); “Web Design for the Mass Media” (2001, Pearson) and “Revolutions in Communication” (2011, 2016, Bloomsbury).