Matthew L. Wald is a reporter at The New York Times, where he has been writing about energy topics for 30 years. Wald has been in the paper's Washington bureau since 1995, and is currently assigned to write about environment and energy.
Wald has been particularly interested in civilian nuclear power since the Three Mile Island accident, and has toured more than two dozen power reactors and research reactors, as well as Yucca Mountain, which until recently was the leading candidate for disposal of nuclear waste. In the 1980's and 1990's he wrote extensively about the production of materials for nuclear weapons, and the resulting environmental problems. He has also written about oil refining, alternative fuels including biofuels, oil and natural gas production, oil spills including the Exxon Valdez and the oil fires set by the Iraqis in Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War. He also writes about batteries, the electric grid, wind energy and solar energy.
His previous assignments at The Times include Hartford, Connecticut and Boston, Mass. Wald has written for Scientific American about nuclear power, the power grid, ethanol and renewable energy.
He holds a B.A. in urban studies from Brown University, and a certificate in auto mechanics from Providence Vocational Technical Facility.