Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Co-Sponsors: HKS’sShorenstein Center on the Media, Politics & Public Policy; Energy & Environment PIC; and Sustainability Initiative.
A talk and discussion with Coral Davenport, The New York Times’ Energy & Environment Correspondent, Washington Bureau.
Join us for an inside-look at the challenges of covering global energy, environment & climate controversies in Washington DC, the U.S. and around the world. Based in Washington D.C., Davenport is one of the most respected and prolific reporters on these contentious policy and political issues.
She has a front-row seat to the polarized debate in the nation’s capital over the Obama administration’s controversial climate initiatives, including proposed regulations on power plant emissions; methane; and coal. With the American presidential race underway, she writes on candidates’ positions on energy and environment (and contributed to a story about Donald Trump lamenting the loss of aerosol hair sprays to tame his famous hair).
Davenport has also traveled the globe, with in-depth reporting on the historic UN Paris COP21 climate conference and recent trips to Greenland and the Marshall Islands to see the impact of climate change firsthand. In other words, all things energy, environment & climate.
Based in Washington D.C., Coral Davenport covers energy, environment and climate change for The New York Times. She came to the Times in December 2013, from the National Journal. Previously, she reported for POLITICO, Congressional Quarterly, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, in Northampton, Massachusetts. From 2001 to 2004 she was based in Athens, Greece, where she wrote stories on economics, terrorism, the environment and the 2004 Olympics for several publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and CondeNast Traveler. She is a graduate of Smith College.
In a memo to staff when Davenport was hired, NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt praised her work: “She has written one great story after another. She writes fast and smart for the Web. She breaks news. She writes enterprise and magazine pieces that you read all the way to the end. Above all, she sees climate as a story about everything – politics, economics, foreign policy, science and, of course, the environment.”