Cynthia Barnett

Award-winning journalist and author Cynthia Barnett has reported on water and climate worldwide, from emerging water strife in the eastern U.S. to epic drought in California and the rainiest place on Earth in Cherrapunji, India.

Ms. Barnett has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Salon, Discover, Orion, Ensia, and many other publications. She is the author of three books on water, including her newest, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, and a popular speaker from commencements to keynotes and university lecture series.

Rain—where it is and where it isn’t—in one of the most critical issues of our time. Famed American historian Douglas Brinkley describes it as “a landmark work of environmental history … Rain is a triumph.”

Ms. Barnett’s first book, Mirage, won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read.

Her second book, Blue Revolution, was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011.

Ms. Barnett lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and their children, and teaches environmental journalism at the University of Florida. Her numerous journalism awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi prize for investigative magazine reporting and eight Green Eyeshades, which recognize outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states.

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