The Author

author-photo-180-wideDavid Baron is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his thirty-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environment correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston's WBUR, and health and science editor for PRI’s The World. He currently serves as scholar in residence at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism.

In the course of his reporting, David has visited every continent and earned some of the top honors in journalism. These include the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University, the National Academies Communications Award, and, on three occasions, the annual journalism prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

David’s written work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Daily BeastBoston Globe, Outside, Lonely Planet, Mental Floss, and Reader’s Digest. His 2003 book, The Beast in the Garden, received the Colorado Book Award.

An avid umbraphile who has witnessed six total solar eclipses, David has crossed the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia to catch the shadow of the moon. His popular TEDx talk about eclipse chasing has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

David lives in Boulder, Colorado.


"David Baron contracted an incurable case of ‘umbraphilia’ twenty years ago in Aruba. Fortunately for readers, Baron’s fever stokes his account of the first great American eclipse, in 1878, while priming us for the next one — and the next, and the next. " —Dava Sobel, New York Times bestselling author of Longitude and The Glass Universe