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David Ropeik


David Ropeik is a retired Harvard Instructor, author, consultant, and public speaker on risk perception, risk communication, and risk management.

He is the author of Curing Cancer-phobia: How Risk, Fear, and Worry Mislead Us (Johns Hopkins U Press, 2023) and How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts (McGraw Hill, 2012), and the co-author of RISK: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You (Houghton Mifflin, 2002).

David was a television reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston from 1978-2000, where he specialized in reporting on environment and science issues. He twice won the DuPont-Columbia Award, often cited as the television equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and also won seven regional EMMY awards. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT 1994-95, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists from 1991-2000.

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