Journalism professor to speak on book about Sierra Club’s first director

Robert Wyss

PORT ANGELES — Robert Wyss, author of “The Man Who Built the Sierra Club: A Life of Dave Brower,” will give the second of two free readings on the North Olympic Peninsula at 7 tonight.

Port Book and News and the Sierra Club North Olympic Group are co-sponsoring the reading in the Port Angeles Library’s Carver Room, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The Port Townsend Library and Sierra Club North Olympic Group co-sponsored a reading Thursday.

Brower, who lived from 1912 to 2000, was a central figure in the modern environmental movement who served as the first executive director of the Sierra Club and made it into a national force.

Wyss is a professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut, where he has taught since 2002.

He is the author of “Covering the Environment,” a journalism textbook about how journalists report on the environmental beat.

Wyss teaches environmental journalism to undergraduate students and communication skills to graduate science students. Before teaching, Wyss was a reporter and editor for 28 years for the Providence Journal, covering energy, environment and business.

He also has written for such publications as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Audubon, Yankee and The Huffington Post.

“The Man Who Built the Sierra Club” will be for sale at the event. The author will be signing books.