Brian Clark Howard


Brian Clark Howard is an award-winning multimedia journalist, author, editor and producer. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Brian is currently Editor of Changing America, a publication of The Hill that focuses on social and environmental issues and change. He leads a team of journalists producing daily content around health, environment, science, arts and culture, education, diversity and other areas.

Brian spent nine years at National Geographic, where he served as a Senior Editor, Writer and Producer. He helped lead daily and environment coverage of the award-winning website, which averages 25 million unique users a month. Before that, he worked as an Online Journalist at, the U.S. website of the British newspaper The Daily Mail and one of the world’s most trafficked news destinations.

Brian also spent three and a half years as Web Editor of The Daily Green, Hearst’s award-winning, category-leading web magazine on the consumer’s guide to the green revolution. Brian was a core member of the team that launched the brand and built it into the top 3 of its category (ad-supported green websites) on ComScore. During its run The Daily Green averaged 1 million monthly unique visitors and 10 million monthly pageviews, and won awards from MIN and Treehugger’s Best of Green.

Brian has co-written several books, including Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater (Running Press 2012), Build Your Own Small Wind Power System (McGraw-Hill 2012), Green Lighting (McGraw 2011), Geothermal HVAC (McGraw 2011), Whole Green Catalog: 1000 Best Things for You and the Earth (Rodale 2009), Green Living (Plume 2005). Brian blogs about all things ugly sweaters at

Brian is expert at using unique ways of storytelling, including video, slideshows, infographics and blogs, as well as long-form features. He has extensive experience managing and editing contributors, and is a frequent guest expert on radio and TV (eg. NPR, ABC News Now).

Brian is an expert at SEO and social media. He has advised a number of brands in these areas, leading significant improvements in traffic and engagement at Popular MechanicsEsquireGood HousekeepingHouse Beautiful and others. 

Brian spent nearly six years as Managing Editor of E/The Environmental Magazine, the U.S.’s oldest, largest independent environmental magazine. He researched and wrote articles on a diverse range of topics, including 8,000-word cover stories, and worked extensively on the publication’s website. He was a finalist for the Reuters/IUCN Environmental Media Awards for his cover story on the bottled water industry.

Brian has also written for many publications, including The Washington PostFastCompany.comPopular, Men’s Health, Popular Mechanics online, Pacific Standard magazine, Editor and Publisher online, Connecticut Magazine, National Geographic’s The Green GuideAlterNetFairfield County WeeklyOceana magazine, Clamor, NewAssignment.Net and Britain’s Ergo Living. His work is frequently syndicated by Yahoo!, MSNHuffington Post, AOL, the San Francisco Chronicle and others, where he has worked closely with editors. Brian is also an active member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Brian earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, and holds a B.S. and B.A. in Geology and Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, with minors in Art History, German and Western European Studies. In college, he conducted research on birds and wetland ecology and on Ordovician fossils.

Brian is originally from the Midwest (Michigan and Indiana), but now lives in Washington, D.C. He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, gardening, traveling, experiencing the outdoors and digesting many forms of media, especially music, films and his favorite TV shows.

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    1. Brian Clark Howard

      Hi. Yeah, I’ve been noticing that this week. As I understand I amy need to update the author tag. It’s the perils of such a common name.

  1. Mr. Howard, I follow your articles especially the ones you have written about coffee. I am an addict to coffee having started drinking it when I was 4 years old. (55 years ago and that is a story of its own.) But to my question! Has coffee played a role in history in peace talks, peace negotiations, and when has then taken place. I have argued at my coffee club that I have heard this, but can’t find out where or when? Thanks in advance for any information you can provide. John Coulter

    1. Brian Clark Howard

      Hi John. Thanks! Interesting, I would certainly think that it has, might be worth looking into for an article.

    2. Dear Sir ,

      I saw your message and i taught you should be introduced to some interesting healthy conscious coffee Its called ORGANO GOLD it ian if yo like it let me know i will sell some to you.


      Hazrratali Jalani

  2. Dear Mr Brian Clark Howard,

    I kindly request your assistance wit hte first tyre recycling plant to be installed in My native country Trinidad and Tobago. I have all the relevant governmental consent granted to me to commence the project i need your help with publishing my Project, it is a project that will slow down global warming and assist greatly with preservation of the environments natural resources.
    I kindly ask that you contact me as soon as possible.

    Mr Hazratali Jalani
    Cryogenic Recycling Company ltd.

  3. Dear Mr Brian Clark Howard,

    Greetings thank you for your prompt response, with reguards to this recycling plant i need your publicity in making this recycling project a reality in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Mr Hazratali Jalani

  4. Hey Brian, Just a heads up that the Wilderness Society has folks who are good resources on public lands issues — forest management, agency budget cuts, energy policy (coal, methane, wind, other renewables), ecosystems at risk due to climate change, migration corridors, etc.

    We’re in DC across from Nat Geo. I’m not sure where you are geographically but feel free to call on us as needed.

    Michael Reinemer, Deputy Director, Communications

  5. I am revising my first book Comparative Immunology. Please consider writing a short (say two single space pages) on the subject of disappearing frogs due to the fungus notably in Lake Titicaca. If you could speculate about their weak immune system that would be great.

    Please let me know ASAP if this would be useful for you as well.
    Edwin (not Ed) L. Cooper

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