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David Ropeik      

Consultant in Risk Perception, Harvard Instructor, Author & Journalist

David Ropeik is an Instructor at Harvard University, author, and a consultant on risk perception, risk communication, and risk management. He is a former Instructor of risk communication at the Harvard School of Public Health, and was co-director of the school's professional education course, "The Risk Communication Challenge."

He is author of "How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts" and co-author of "RISK, a Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You," published by Houghton Mifflin in 2002. He is creator and director of the program, "Improving Media Coverage of Risk," a training program for journalists.

David was a television reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston from 1978-2000, where he specialized in reporting on environment and science issues. He twice won the DuPont-Columbia Award, often cited as the television equivalent of the Pulitzer Price, and also won seven regional EMMY awards. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT 1994-95, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists from 1991-2000. He has taught journalism at Boston University, Tufts University, and MIT.

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Recognize the role of subjectivity when evaluating risk

Our ability to behave rationally depends not just on our ability to use the facts, but on our ability to give those facts meaning. To be rational, we need both facts and feelings. We need to be subjective.

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