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Ken Ringle

During a 33-year career as an award-winning writer, editor, essayist and critic at The Washington Post Ken Ringle spent extensive periods writing about ships, oceans and the environment, which have been lifelong interests. He grew up among the abundant wildlife and oil rigs of Southwest Louisiana where he maintans a second home. He was educated at the University of Virginia, was a Washington Post Fellow at Duke University and is a recognized authority on the maritime novelist Patrick O'Brian, on whose work he has organized seminars for the Smithsonian, Mystic Seaport and other institutions. 

Ringle's articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, European Affairs and other publications. He has also voyaged more than 10,000 ocean miles under sail, much of it as a tall ship crewman, and recently completed a 28-day passage from Lisbon to West Palm beach on a 40-foot sloop. He lives in Washington.



Keep asking: Why did the BP spill happen, and what’s next?
ASK THIS | June 10, 2010
Questions for scientists, for the Obama administration, and for BP. There’s a lot the experts just don’t know. For example, how adaptive is the fish life cycle? And, based on past spills, how likely is it to recover?

A little context for the BP oil spill: It isn't the Apocalypse
COMMENTARY | May 05, 2010
The Gulf of Mexico spill is a calamity with enormous costs. Nevertheless, writes Ken Ringle, there are factors at work, observed in similar calamities years ago, that suggest the damage to the environment may be less than is widely feared, and reporters should be alert to them.

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