Dan Charles is NPR's food and agriculture correspondent.
Primarily responsible for covering farming and the food industry, Charles focuses on the stories of culture, business, and the science behind what arrives on your dinner plate.
This is his second time working for NPR; from 1993 to 1999, Charles was a technology correspondent at NPR. He returned in 2011.
During his time away from NPR, Charles was an independent writer and radio producer and occasionally filled in at NPR on the Science and National desks, and at Weekend Edition.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.
From 1990 to 1993, Charles was a U.S. correspondent for New Scientist, a major British science magazine.
The author of two books, Charles wrote 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.
Charles graduated magna cum laude from American University with a degree in economics and international affairs. After graduation Charles spent a year studying in Bonn, which was then part of West Germany, through the German Academic Exchange Service.
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- How Trump's Food Box Initiative Overpaid And Underdelivered
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- Food Is Growing More Plentiful, So Why Do People Keep Warning Of Shortages?
- Big-Money Investors Gear Up For A Trillion-Dollar Bet On Farmland
- Satellite Images Show Who's To Blame For Most Of The Deforestation In Brazil
- Absentee Landlords Interfere With Farmers Protecting Water, Soil
- Farmers Find Ways To Save Millions Of Pigs From Being Euthanized
- Food Banks Get The Love, But SNAP Does More To Fight Hunger
- Another Pork Plant Shuts Down Amid Coronavirus Outbreak