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Gregg Easterbrook
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    gregg picture Recently named a distinguished fellow at the fiftieth anniversary of the Fulbright Foundation, Gregg Easterbrook has a long list of accomplishments. A graduate of Colorado College in 1976, Easterbrook earned his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1977 and quickly gained a national reputation. Easterbrook received the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award in 1980 for a Washington Monthly story on the national energy supply. After joining The Atlantic as a staff writer in 1982, Easterbrook won another IRE Award for an Atlantic story entitled "Divad" (October 1982) on an Army technology project. He was briefly The Atlantic's national correspondent in 1986 and then became a contributing editor to The Atlantic at the end of the year, after receiving the Livingston Award for excellence by a young print or broadcast journalist. While Easterbrook's primary contributions to the magazine have focused on national politics, he has written, often with a rare sense of humor, on a wide range of topics that include weapons systems, labor negotiations, poverty, electric power, and the search for extraterrestrial life. His articles published in The Atlantic include: "The Myth of Oppressive Corporate Taxes" (June 1982); "Housing: Examining a Media Myth" (October 1983); "What's Wrong with Congress?" (December 1984); "Making Sense of Agriculture" (July 1985); "Ideas Move Nations" (January 1986); "Are We Alone?" (August 1988); and "Energy: The Future of Electric Power" (July 1993).

    Easterbrook's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and The New Republic. He has been a contributing editor to Newsweek and is currently a contributing editor to The Washington Monthly. Easterbrook has published a novel, This Magic Moment (1987), and is noted for his contribution to the ecorealism movement that he made with A Moment on the Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism (1995), a book that former EPA chief William Reilly called "the most influential book since [Rachel Carson's] Silent Spring." A forthcoming book on religion, Beside Still Waters, is due out in late 1997. Easterbrook currently resides in Brussels with his wife, Nan Kennelly, the U.S. Refugee Officer to the European Union, and their three children.

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