Carolyn Kormann has been a contributor to the The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2018, covering energy, the environment, and climate change. Previously, she was a Web editor and a deputy head of fact checking for the magazine. Her earlier work includes essays on books, swimming, time, and John Donne’s erotica, and magazine features such as “Through the Looking Glass” and “The Tasting-Menu Initiative,” which was recognized with a best-food-coverage award from the James Beard Foundation, in 2016. Kormann’s writing has also appeared in Harper’s, Porter, NPR Music, and VQR, and has been noted by the Best American Series, in its “Science and Nature Writing” and “Travel Writing” collections. She has received an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and a fellowship from New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Record heat is hastening the dissolution of Siberian permafrost, perennially frozen ground that, when thawed, unleashes greenhouse gases and dramatically destabilizes the land. By Carolyn KormannJune 27, 2020
The wildlife conservationist, whose field site, in Georgia, is down the road from where Ahmaud Arbery was killed, helped organize #BlackBirdersWeek after a white woman called the cops on a black birdwatcher in Central Park. By Carolyn KormannJune 22, 2020
In a new exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, the architect spotlights the potential of the countryside, where he believes the most radical changes and ideas are developing. By Carolyn KormannMarch 9, 2020
Researchers face political pressure to develop a vaccine that can fight COVID-19. But the virus is likely to spread for months, if not more than a year, before anything can be widely available to the public. By Carolyn KormannMarch 8, 2020