Biographical information

Daniel Charles is writer and radio producer.  He is currently NPR's Food and Agriculture correspondent, based in Washington, DC. 

He wrote Master Mind:  The rise and fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel laureate who launched the era of chemical warfare, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in August, 2005.   He also wrote Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food (Perseus, 2001), a widely praised account of how genetically engineered crops came to be, and how they became controversial.  From 1993 to 1999, Charles was a technology correspondent for NPR. 

Before joining NPR, Charles was a U.S. correspondent for New Scientist, a major British science magazine. His freelance work has been published by Science, The Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Technology Review, and other publications.

He studied economics and international affairs at American University in Washington, DC, graduating in 1982. In 1982-83, he studied in Bonn, Germany, under a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. He was a guest researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg in 1986. In 1989-90, he was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is fluent in German.

Charles lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Brigid McCarthy, and their two daughters.