Sharon Lerner is an Investigative Reporter at The Intercept covering health, science, and the environment. Her work focuses on how corporate pollution impacts ordinary Americans as well as failures within the environmental regulatory process.
Her stories have been used in congressional hearings, have helped lead the U.S. Air Force to discontinue use of PFC-containing firefighting foam, and have helped get PFOA listed in the Stockholm Convention. Her investigation of chlorpyrifos was the first to lay out how the Trump administration might reverse a long-awaited ban of the pesticide. Her stories have also appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Sharon’s reporting has received an Izzy Award and awards from the Society for Environmental Journalists, the American Public Health Association, the Women and Politics Institute, and the Newswoman’s Club of New York.
Sharon Lerner’s series about perfluorinated chemicals, “The Teflon Toxin,” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and featured in the documentary, “The Devil We Know.” Her ongoing coverage of those chemicals, in the “Bad Chemistry” series, has won several awards. Sharon has also covered health issues and, in 2010, wrote a book on American family policy. She has worked in public radio and turned one of her investigative pieces for The Intercept, about an environmental activist who landed in prison, into a long-form radio piece.
Inspector General Rebukes EPA for Failing to Protect Communities From Carcinogenic Air Pollution
The EPA’s Office of Inspector General issued a plan for cutting exposure to ethylene oxide and chloroprene.
Court Rules That EPA’s Delay “Exposed a Generation of American Children” to Brain-Damaging Pesticide Chlorpyrifos
The ruling represents a stark repudiation of the Trump EPA’s refusal to ban chlorpyrifos.
The Coronavirus CrisisFactory Owners Around the World Stand Ready to Manufacture Covid-19 Vaccines
Bill Gates said he doesn’t think the recipe for the vaccine should be shared. Drugmakers are eager to retrofit their facilities and get to work.
The Fight to Clean Up the EPA
Trump nearly broke the EPA. Can the Biden administration repair the damage?