Food and agriculture correspondent
National Public Radio
Moderator-Antibiotics: Land, Sea and the Connection to Human Health
Dan Charles is NPR's food and agriculture correspondent. He focuses on the stories behind the food on your plate, involving culture, business, and science. This is his second time working for NPR; from 1993 to 1999, Charles was a technology correspondent. He returned in 2011. During his time away from NPR, Charles wrote two books: Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, The Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare (Ecco, 2005); and Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food (Perseus, 2001) about the making of genetically engineered crops. He has also written for National Geographic, New Scientist, Science, Technology Review, and the Washington Post. Over the course of his career Charles has reported on software engineers in India, fertilizer use in China, dengue fever in Peru, alternative medicine in Germany, and efforts to turn around a troubled school in Washington, DC. In 2009-2010, he taught journalism in Ukraine through the Fulbright program. He has been guest researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.