mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author



Author, journalist, broadcaster and public speaker Mark Hertsgaard has published six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth (2011), A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles (1995), On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency (1988) and Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future (1999).

As an independent journalist, Hertsgaard has traveled around the world twice, reporting from twenty-five countries and much of the United States about climate change, politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets worldwide including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Daily Beast, Scientific American, Time, Mother Jones, Le Monde Diplomatique, L’espresso, Die Zeit, Newsweek Japan, the BBC and The Nation, where he is the environment correspondent. He was the first independent journalist to detail, in The Atlantic in 1997, the emergence of China as a climate change superpower to match the US. He also broke the story, in The New Yorker in 1995, of the Beatles’ posthumous reunion.

Hertsgaard has been a regular commentator for the public radio programs Morning Edition, Marketplace and Living on Earth and hosted an investigative news show for the national satellite channel, Link TV. He has lectured at Johns Hopkins, the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism, Yale, Harvard, Stanford and dozens of other colleges and universities and appeared on hundreds of local, national and international TV and radio programs.

His literary agent is Ellen Levine, of Trident Media in New York City. He lives in San Francisco with his daughter, Chiara, the inspiration for HOT.

HOT is both a father’s cry against climate change and a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us―as parents, communities, companies and countries―can navigate this unavoidable new era. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Wen Stephensen called HOT a “significant contribution” that “raises the emotional stakes while keeping a clear head… [Hertsgaard] presents a strong case that there is still time to make an enormous difference.”

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Latest Book


Hertsgaard’s latest book, HOT, describes how his five year old daughter and the rest of Generation Hot can cope with the massive climate impacts that are now inevitable. Packed with eyewitness reporting on existing solutions for "avoiding the unmanageable and managing the unavoidable," HOT shows how we all must think--and act--differently now in the fight against climate change. Read more

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About Mark

Called "one of America’s finest reporters" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey and On Bended Knee. He has covered climate change, politics and the media for leading media outlets around the world, including Vanity Fair, The Nation, Time, The New Yorker, NPR, L’espresso, Die Zeit and Le Monde Diplomatique.