David Herring

Director of Communication & Education
P: (301) 734-1207
F: (301) 713-0518
E: david.herring@noaa.gov

Address:
NOAA Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, SSMC-3, Rm 12124
Silver Spring, MD 20910

David Herring is a science writer and editor with extensive experience communicating about climate and Earth science.  In March 2008, David joined NOAA’s Climate Program Office where he serves as Director of Communication and Education, Program Manager of NOAA's Climate.gov (www.climate.gov), and leads the Climate Literacy Objective for NOAA's Climate Mission Goal. Before coming to NOAA, David worked for 16 years in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where he served as Project Manager for Education and Outreach, Team Leader for NASA's Earth Observatory (earthobservatory.nasa.gov), and the Terra satellite mission’s Outreach Coordinator.  David trained in journalism, science education, and science and technical communication at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, where he received his Masters Degree in 1992.  He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Professional Experience

Director of Communication and Education
(March 2008 – present)
NOAA Climate Program Office
David.Herring@noaa.gov; (301) 734-1207

Project Manager for Education and Outreach
(January 2005 – March 2008)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Sciences Division

  » Led development of NASA's Earth Observatory, Visible Earth, and NEO sites

  » Served as Terra mission Education and Public Outreach Coordinator

Senior Technical Manager / Science Writer / Editor
(June 1992 – January 2005)
Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
(Served as on-site contractor at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)


Educational Background

  » East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Journalism & Science Education, B.A., 1989

  » East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Science & Technical Communications, M.A., 1992


Appointments

  » U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP) Communications Interagency Working Group (CIWG), member (2005-present) and co-chair (2010-present)


Honors and Awards 

  • 2014 Webby Award Winner (in "Government" category)
  • 2014 Webby Award Winner ( in "Green" category)
  • 2014 People's Voice Award Winner (in "Green" category)
  • 2014 People's Voice Award Nominee (in "Government" category)
  • 2013 NOAA Administrator’s Award for NOAA Climate.gov
  • 2011 Elected Fellow in American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, Section Y) 
  • 2006 NASA Honor Award for Exceptional Achievement 
  • 2006 Webby Award Nominee (in “Education” category) 
  • 2006 People’s Voice Award (in “Education” category) 
  • 2005 NASA Goddard Excellence in Outreach Award (Earth Observatory) 
  • 2003 Webby Award (in “Education” category) 
  • 2003 People’s Voice Award (in “Education” category) 
  • 2002 People’s Voice Award (in “Science” category) 
  • 2002 Scientific American’s “50 Best of the Web in Science & Technology” 
  • 2001 NASA Group Achievement Award 
  • 2001 NASA Goddard Public Service Group Achievement Award 
  • 2000 Popular Science “50 Best of the Web in Science & Technology” 
  • 1999 Society for Technical Communication’s Online Communication Competition “Best of Show” 
  • 1998 Letter of Commendation from U.S. Vice President Al Gore

CONTACT US

Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.