2006 Honorary Member
For the past 18 years, Richard Hill has been the science writer at The Oregonian, where he has been involved in producing the newspaper's weekly science section. He has written more than 2,500 science stories on a wide variety of subjects, from eruptions at Mount S. Helens to the hazards posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Northwest coast. In 2000, Hill was the first recipient of the American Geophysical Union's David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Writing. He has also received the C. B. Blethen Memorial Award for Distinguished Reporting and has won several regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been a media fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has participated in two NOAA research cruises, including the first exploration of the Astoria Canyon off the Northwest coast. The Oregon Science Teachers Association and the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi have recognized Hill for his work. He recently published a book for the general public, Volcanoes of the Cascades: Their Rise and Their Risks. A former board member of the National Association of Science Writers, he has also been a reporter and editor at the Dallas Times Herald and The Christian Science Monitor. Hill has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.