Eric Berger (meteorologist)

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Template:Use mdy dates Template:Infobox person Eric Berger (born 1972 or 1973)[1] is an American journalist and meteorologist who is the senior space editor at Ars Technica and the editor of Space City Weather.

Early life and education

Berger, who was raised in Michigan,[2] graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in astronomy.[3] Berger then attended graduate school at the University of Missouri where he received a master's degree in journalism.[4] In 2014, Berger completed a distance learning program at Mississippi State University to become a certified meteorologist.[5][2]

Career

Houston Chronicle

Berger began working at the Houston Chronicle in 1998. He started his career at the Chronicle as a general assignments reporter before transitioning to the science desk in late 2001.[6] In 2005, he launched a science and technology blog on the Houston Chronicle website called SciGuy, which focused primarily on chemistry, physics, and astronomy.[5] Berger also began writing about weather during his time at the Chronicle.[2] Berger's coverage of Hurricane Ike contributed to the staff of the Houston Chronicle becoming a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2009.[7]

Ars Technica

In October 2015, Berger left the Houston Chronicle to write for Ars Technica. As the senior space editor at Ars, Berger's primary focus is on NASA and private aerospace.[2][5]

Space City Weather

After leaving the Houston Chronicle and joining Ars Technica, Berger also started the Space City Weather blog in October 2015.[2] The blog, which is operated jointly by Berger and Matt Lanza, provides weather forecasts for the Greater Houston area.[8] The blog's readership increased drastically during Hurricane Harvey, with over one million visits to the site on August 27, 2017.[2] In recognition of Berger and Lanza's service to Houston as weather forecasters, the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, declared June 8, 2021, as "Space City Weather Day".[8]

Liftoff

Berger authored Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days that Launched SpaceX, which was published by William Morrow and Company and released in March 2021.[9][10] The book chronicles Elon Musk's leadership in the early days of SpaceX's history.[11]

Personal life

Berger lives in League City, Texas, with his wife, Amanda, and two daughters.[2]

References

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  3. Airhart, Marc G. "Alumnus Eric Berger Reflects on the Joys of Science Communication". Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  4. Mackey, Weezie. "Rain Man". Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
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  7. Delaney, Edward J. "Breaking news online: How two Pulitzer finalists used the web". Nieman Journalism Lab. Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
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  9. "Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days that Launched SpaceX". Publishers Weekly. February 17, 2021. Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  10. "Liftoff". Kirkus Reviews. January 6, 2021. Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
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