Dennis Dimick, LSC alumnus (MS’74), honored with the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dennis Dimick, LSC alumnus (MS’74)

Dennis Dimick, an esteemed alumnus of our department, has been honored with the CALS 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding contributions to environmental journalism. Holding a master’s degree from our department (MS’74), Dennis has achieved remarkable success in his career.

As the executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine, Dennis revolutionized reporting on agriculture and environmental issues. His work in areas like the carbon cycle, water pollution, and sustainable agriculture set new standards for journalistic excellence. Additionally, his magazine projects focusing on energy and climate change have earned accolades from organizations such as the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Pictures of the Year International – the most esteemed awards in the realm of environmental journalism. Even so, Dennis Dimick’s impact goes beyond the printed page as he mentors many young photographers as a faculty member at the Missouri Photo Workshop.

We are grateful for Dennis’s generous commitment to our department. He has graciously shared his time with us at LSC, offering insightful lectures over the years and serving as the keynote speaker at our department’s scholarship and recognition reception.

“Dennis has had a global impact on environmental journalism and the way environmental issues are covered and portrayed. We are proud his accomplishments have been recognized by this prestigious award,” said Bret Shaw, Professor and Chair of the Life Sciences Communication Awards Committee.



Written by: Jocelyn Cao, LSC M.S. ’23
Published: August 2023