Author, Reporter & Writer

Michael is the Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism in the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. His work has focused on environmental issues including overfishing, deforestation, climate change, development, and wildfire.


Kodas is the author of Megafire - The Race To Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic Of Flame, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. With dramatic storytelling and detailed science, Megafire is both a compelling tale of the disasters the planet’s forested landscapes have already faced and an urgent warning of what’s to come.


Michael is an award-winning reporter, writer, photojournalist, and author of the bestselling book High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed. The book was published by Hyperion in the U.S. and subsequently printed in various languages and countries in Europe and Asia. In 2008 High Crimes was named Best Non-Fiction in USA Book News' National Best Book Awards.


Kodas has written extensively for many other publications in the United States and Europe.
Use the links below to view samples of Michael Kodas' writings:
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From High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

From Northeast Magazine


Connecticut Climbers Defied Death at the Top of the World, No One Imagined the View Would Turn So Ugly


Wilderness Journey
Some Troubled Teens Succeed, Others Fail, In a 20-day Struggle for Self Discovery to the Top of His Own Mountain

From The New York Times




From The Hartford Courant


From Kissing the Sky - A Series in The Hartford Courant looking at the changing role of women in mountaineering