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Dennis Dimick

Executive Editor, Environment, National Geographic Magazine

Dennis Dimick served for 35 years as an editor at the National Geographic Society in Washington DC. and retired from that organization at the end of 2015. As executive environment editor at National Geographic Magazine he guided creation of several major projects including an April 2010 issue on global freshwater, a 2011 series called “7 Billion” on global population, and the 2014 Future of Food series on global food security. In 2014 he also originated and edited major stories on the role of coal in the world’s energy future, and on snowpack decline and long-term drought in the Western United States. Dimick co-organized the Aspen Environment Forum with the Aspen Institute from 2008-2012, where he keynoted sessions and moderated a wide range of panels, and he frequently presents slide show lectures on global environmental issues. Dimick grew up on a sheep and hay farm in Oregon, and holds degrees in agriculture and agricultural journalism from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the National Geographic in 1980, he worked for six years as a newspaper reporter, editor, and photographer. He has received awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists and Pictures of the Year International, and in 2013 received the Sprague Award from the National Press Photographers Association for his service to photojournalism.