Darryl Fears

Washington, D.C.

Reporter focusing on environmental justice, climate and wildlife

Education: Howard University, Journalism; St. Petersburg College, Mass Communications

Darryl Fears covers national environmental justice and climate. He joined The Washington Post in 1999 as a general assignment reporter on the Metro Desk and moved to the National Desk within two years to cover race and demographics. He won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2020 as part of a team that investigated how predicted future global warming is happening now. He was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2022 for national reporting on environmental justice. Over more than two decades at the Post, he has also covered the Interior Department, the Chesapeake Bay, national immigration, pri
Latest from Darryl Fears

City planners targeted a Black community for heavy pollution. Can the damage be undone?

Highway and city planners saddled a once-proud Black community with freeways and diesel fumes, while more affluent neighborhoods were spared such burdens.

May 7, 2023

The TVA is dumping a mountain of coal ash in Black south Memphis

The Tennessee Valley Authority's move to dump coal ash in south Memphis shows how industries work to fight their way into communities of color already teeming with pollution.

August 19, 2022

The largest Audubon group yet is changing its name, rebuking an enslaver

Seattle Audubon says its namesake, John James Audubon, an ardent proponent of slavery, does not fit its values of diversity and inclusion.

July 28, 2022

As heat waves hit U.S. and Europe, leaders split on climate change

Leaders in Europe are calling for climate change action as heat waves break centuries-old records, while U.S. officials are loath to address climate policy amid extreme heat.

July 19, 2022

Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll on people of color

The data released Tuesday by Aclima — a California-based tech company that measured the region’s air quality block-by-block for the first time — found that communities of color and low-income communities are exposed to much more pollution than mostly White communities.

May 25, 2022

Justice Dept. boosts focus on environmental cases that harm the poor

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said the strategy demonstrates a “commitment to ensuring that all Americans have access to clean water to drink, clean air to breath and healthy thriving communities to live, work and raise their families.”

May 5, 2022

Biden’s new environmental justice chief faces a tough task

Jalonne L. White-Newsome, an academic who has worked in government and with grass-roots activists, was selected to be the Council on Environmental Quality’s new senior director for environmental justice.

May 5, 2022

Birth of six endangered red wolves has their advocates howling for joy

As recently as 2021, red wolves were “coding extinction … a ghost species,” one environmentalist said. Then the Biden administration took notice.

April 22, 2022

Black, Latino communities have a higher level of oil drilling and pollution

Thousands of drilling operations are within 100 meters of redlined communities, according to a new study.

April 15, 2022

Gordon Plaza was sold as a dream for Black home buyers. It was a toxic nightmare.

New Orleans city officials allowed developers to build homes on land contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer. They didn’t tell the people who moved in.

April 1, 2022