New York Times reporter Ian Urbina on oceans, fracking and worker safety

From ocean outlaws and glue workers to fracking and clean coal: Perspectives on communicating science from NY Times investigative reporting and narrative story telling

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ian Urbina, a prominent writer for the New York Times, will give a keynote presentation titled “From Ocean Outlaws and Glue Workers to Fracking and Clean Coal: Perspectives on Communicating Science from NY Times Investigative Reporting and Narrative Story Telling” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in Foster Auditorium on Penn State’s University Park Campus.

Urbina has been an investigative reporter with the New York Times since 2003. As a senior investigator reporter for the National Desk in 2011, he wrote a series called Drilling Down about the oil and gas industry and fracking. His investigations most often focus on worker safety and the environment. He has received a Pulitzer, a Polk and various other journalism awards. Several of his stories have been made into feature films. His most recent and on-going series, “The Outlaw Ocean,” explores lawlessness on the high seas. He holds degrees in history for Georgetown and the University of Chicago.

This keynote presentation is part of Science Communication Month sponsored by Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the Sustainability Institute, the Center for Marine Science and Technology, the Office of Vice President of Research, the Center for Global Studies and the College of Communications.

For additional information on Science Communication Month, see For additional information on Urbina’s keynote, contact Lara Fowler at or 814-865-4806.  

Ian Urbina is a reporter for The New York Times and has degrees in history from Georgetown and the University of Chicago. His writings, which range from domestic and foreign policy to commentary on everyday life, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Harper's. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family. Credit: ianurbina.comAll Rights Reserved.

Last Updated September 20, 2019