A national award-winning correspondent and editor for more than 35 years, Dale Willman is a leading voice in environmental journalism, and a Fulbright Fellow for the 2010-2011 academic year in Indonesia, where he is researching noted British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace.
Willman runs his own production company and reports on environmental issues for a number of outlets. He also lectures and teaches on college campuses on numerous topics, from environmental journalism to diversity in the media, and podcasts for Slate.Com.
Willman spent more than 10 years in various roles at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. During the first Gulf War he provided reporting and hourly newscasts from London. His work was included in NPR’s receipt of the 1991 duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Also while with NPR, Willman shared a Peabody Award for his work on the Lost and Found Sound series broadcast on All Things Considered. He produced and edited the most popular program in the series, documenting legendary radio station CKLW. Willman also produced NPR’s coverage from the Littleton, Colorado school shootings.
As a correspondent he won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting in 1998 for his CNN Radio series, Broadway’s Dirty Little Secret. The series detailed environmental problems surrounding the production of Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. Willman documented the health hazards faced by musicians who underwent a daily onslaught of chemicals from the pyrotechnic explosions that took place during the show. He was the only Environmental Correspondent in the history of CNN Radio.
While with CBS, Willman provided coverage of the White House, Capital Hill, the Pentagon and the State Department for CBS Radio stations. He also served as field producer and correspondent for a number of major events, from U.S.-Soviet Summits to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.
As Managing Editor for the Great Lakes Radio Consortium for two years, Dale turned a small radio news service into a regional powerhouse. The news feed’s coverage was expanded by more than 10 percent, reaching 135 public radio stations in 20 states and Canada. The service won more than a dozen national and regional awards during that time, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award (2002) for best use of sound.
Willman has a master’s degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University and a certificate in Environmental Law and Policy from the graduate school at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The Ohio State University. He has served on the board of a number of environmental journalism organizations, and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Willman is also a member of the Lower Adirondacks Search And Rescue (LASAR) organization.