Bill Mitchell is NCR climate editor. He first wrote for NCR as a student at the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and served on the NCR board from 1998 to 2004. As a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and Knight Ridder, his assignments included city hall bureau chief, Washington correspondent and European correspondent. He was Detroit bureau chief for TIME, director of electronic publishing at the San Jose Mercury News and editor of Poynter Online. More recently, he has taught journalism ethics at Northeastern University. He lives in Brookline, Ma. His email address is

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