Dick Russell

Dick Russell

Author & Environmental Journalist


Dick Russell has published thirteen books on subjects ranging from natural history to the assassination of President Kennedy. His latest is “Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying Life On Earth – and What It Means For Our Children,” an in-depth investigation into the energy moguls most responsible for the climate change crisis facing our civilization.

Russell writes a regular blog on the Trump administration and the environment. His early years of traveling across Europe and Africa are the subject of a 2017 documentary, “Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity,” which premiered in April at the Kansas City Film Festival. His 2014 memoir, “My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism,” will appear in an updated paperback version in November.

For most of the past twenty years, the primary focus of Dick Russell’s magazine writing and personal activism has been the environment – particularly the crisis impacting the world’s fisheries and oceans. A longtime sports fisherman, Russell spent the better part of three years fighting for stronger regulations to protect the endangered Atlantic striped bass. He organized a national conference in Washington, D.C., and appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. For his efforts, Russell was awarded the citizen’s Chevron Conservation Award in 1988. Today, the return of the striped bass is considered the foremost example of the resiliency of the oceans – provided a species is given a chance to recover. His book on this subject, Striper Wars: An American Fish Story, was published by Island Press/Shearwater Books in Summer 2005. The book has been described as “one of the most amazing fish stories…ever” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and “a can’t-put-down read” by the Boston Globe.

Russell’s previous book is Eye of the Whale (Simon & Schuster hard-cover; paperback edition by Island Press/Shearwater Books), which upon publication was named among the Best Books of 2001 by three major newspapers: the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It is an account of his following the migration of the California gray whale, from Mexico’s Baja peninsula all the way to northern Alaska and Siberia. According to L.A. Times’ reviewer Richard Ellis, this book “will change the way you think about the natural world.”

Russell has written dozens of articles about other environmental issues, for publications ranging from The Nation to Parenting, and served for eighteen years as a Contributing Editor for OnEarth (formerly Amicus Journal), the award-winning quarterly publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He has also been a recipient of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation’s Golden Swordfish Award (1984), and is an active member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and PEN USA.