Authors and Contributors

Charles Wohlforth - Essayist

Charles Wohlforth

Charles Wohlforth, a lifelong Alaska resident, is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles for publications such as The New Republic, Outside, and National Wildlife. He was the lead reporter on the Exxon Valdez oil spill for the Anchorage Daily News. He also served on the Anchorage Assembly from 1993 to 1999, representing the downtown area. Wohlforth's most recent book, The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change, explores Arctic climate change from the perspective of Eskimo whalers and scientific researchers in Barrow, Alaska. It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the best science and technology book in 2005. Library Journal also listed it as among the best books of 2004.

Wohlforth contributed "On Thin Ice: Polar Bears in the Changing Arctic" to The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World (Braided River, 2008). For more on his work, visit