DAVID KIRBY is the author of Evidence of Harm, which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and Animal Factory, an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms which NPR compared to Upton Sinclair’s classic work The Jungle. His latest book, Death at SeaWorld, was previewed by Library Journal, which wrote: “Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigate work.” Booklist called the book “gripping” and “hard to put down,” while Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove, labeled it “entertaining, engaging — and enraging.” An article Kirby wrote for Discover Magazine, “Made in China: Our Toxic, Imported Air Pollution” is included “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012,” edited and with an Introduction by Dan Ariely; (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2012).
Kirby has also been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since its founding in 2005, and has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years. He has written for a number of national magazines and was a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America from 1986-1990, where he covered the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and covered politics, corruption and natural disasters in Mexico. He has also done extensive consulting with the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report Office and UNESCO.
Kirby also worked for New York City Council President Carol Bellamy as a special assistant for health care, cultural affairs and civil rights, followed by employment as chief scheduler to Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins and senior staff adviser to Dinkins’ successful 1989 run for Mayor of New York City. From 1990-1993, Kirby was Director of Public Information at the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), where he acted as press spokesman for Chairwoman Elizabeth Taylor, and witnessed firsthand the inner workings of Congress, the White House and powerful Federal agencies like the FDA, CDC and NIH.
Kirby has appeared on such national and international programs as Meet the Press, Larry King Live, The Today Show, NPR, AC360 with Anderson Cooper, MSNBC, BBC “Panorama,” BBC2, Fox News Channel, Fox and Friends Weekend, Imus in the Morning, The View, Montel Williams, Air America and dozens of local radio and television stations. Kirby has also contributed to, been interviewed by, and/or reviewed by outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, Financial Times, O Magazine, Bloomberg, Newsday, The Lancet, Salon.com, NPR.com and much more. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.