Russell Gold is an award-winning investigative business journalist at Texas Monthly.

He started his journalism career at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Antonio Express-News. In 2000, he joined The Wall Street Journal and covered Texas and economics, before switching to energy in 2002. His reporting has taken him to five continents and above the Arctic Circle two times. 

In 2010, he was part of the Wall Street Journal team that covered the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The Journal’s work was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story of the year and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. 

He was a Pulitzer finalist again in 2019 for his part covering PG&E and how the utility contributed to the deadly 2018 Camp Fire. The reporting was also awarded another Loeb Award and the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing from the National Press Foundation. 

In 2021, he joined Texas Monthly as a senior editor where he writes about the business of Texas. And in 2023 he was named one of the The Missouri School of Journalism / National City and Regional Magazine Awards Finalists for reporting/journalism and Writer of the Year.

His first book, The Boom, was longlisted for the FT Goldman Sachs Business Book of the year prize in 2014. Superpower, his second book, was published in June 2019.

He earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 1993. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons.

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Navigating a New Energy Path

The world of energy is becoming more complex and riskier by the month. In a new talk, energy expert Russell Gold will lay out his vision for how to navigate this newly complicated with a easy-to-understand formula that will help companies and citizens make informed decisions about energy  and the climate.


Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy

The author of The Boom, “the best all-around book yet on fracking” (San Francisco Chronicle), turns his attention to renewable energy pioneer Michael Skelly, whose innovations, struggle, and persistence represent the groundbreaking changes underway in American energy.

The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

An award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist offers an insightful, no-holds-barred exploration of today’s most controversial yet promising new energy technology: fracking.

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