DAVID KIRBY's most recent book,Death at SeaWorld, has won rave reviews across the board. The Wall Street Journal
said Kirby "makes a passionate case for captivity as the reason orcas
become killers (and) tells the story like a thriller," and New Scientist
called the book “A chilling depiction," adding that, "Kirby lays out a
compelling scientific argument against killer whale captivity.” Booklist
said it was “gripping... hard to put down,” while Louie
Psihoyos, director of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove, labeled it “entertaining, engaging -- and enraging."
Kirby also wrote Evidence of Harm - a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for Best Book, and finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism - and Animal Factory, an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms that NPR compared to Sinclair’s classic work The Jungle. An article Kirby wrote for Discover Magazine, "Made in China: Our Toxic, Imported Air Pollution," was selected forThe Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012.
Kirby was a contracted writer at The New York Times for several years, has been a regular contributor toThe Huffington Post since its founding in May, 2005, and a professional journalist for nearly 30 years. He has written for a number of national magazines and was a correspondent in Mexico and Central America from 1986-1990, where he covered the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and politics, corruption and natural disasters in Mexico. He has also done extensive writing and media training for the United Nations Development Programme and UNESCO.
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Kirby also worked for NYC Council President Carol Bellamy as a special assistant for health care, cultural affairs and civil rights, followed by employment as chief scheduler to Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins and senior staff adviser to Dinkins’ successful 1989 run for Mayor of New York. From 1990-1993, Kirby was Director of Public Information at the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), where he acted as press spokesman for Chairwoman Elizabeth Taylor. Following that, he owned and operated a successful New York City PR firm. Kirby also served as a speechwriter to Ms. Taylor, Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins, NYC Council President and NYC Mayoral Candidate Carol Bellamy, and AmFAR Founding National Co-Chair Dr. Mathilde Krim.
Kirby has given talks at the US House of Representatives, the UK House of Lords and dozens of autism, environmental and marine mammal conferences, and lectured at many top universities, including NYU, Duke, Brown, Emory, Northeastern, The American University and the Universities of Washington, North Carolina, Oregon, and Alaska. He has discussed his writing on programs such as Meet the Press, Larry King Live, CBS This Morning, ABC Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, NPR, CNN AC360 with Anderson Cooper, CNN Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, MSNBC, BBC “Panorama,” BBC2, Fox News Channel, Fox and Friends Weekend, Imus in the Morning, The View, Montel Williams, Air America and dozens of local radio and television stations. Kirby has also contributed to, been interviewed or reviewed by outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, Financial Times, O Magazine, Bloomberg, NPR.com, New Scientist, Discover Magazine, Art News, and much more. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.