Bill Kovarik is a Professor of Communication at Radford University in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia. He teaches science and environment writing, media 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.
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 as a journalist includes reportingfor colunist Jack Anderson, the Associated Press, The Charleston (S.C.) Courier, The Baltimore Sun, Time-Life Books, Business Publishers and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.
Books include: “The Forbidden Fuel” (1982, University of Nebraska 2010) with Hal Bernton and Scott Sklar), “Mass Media and Environmental Conflict” (1996, with Mark Neuzil, Sage),”Web Design for the Mass Media” (2001, Pearson) and “Revolutions in Communication” (2010, Continuum).