MY NAME IS DAVID J. UNGER, and I am a Chicago-based writer and reporter. I focus on the intersection of energy and technology, but my interests range far and wide.

I have written for Undark, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. My essay “Fail Again” for The Point Magazine was awarded a Pushcart Prize and was a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016.

Email me: david [at]


A selection of my favorite
reports, features and essays.


Saving America’s Broken Prairie

Scientists call the American prairie one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Will it disappear forever?


Can a North Dakota Oil Town Break the Boom-Bust Cycle?

After oil prices plummeted, Williston residents were left wondering if their city could turn short-term gains into long-term growth.


In Detroit, Fighting Hopelessness With a Climate Plan

As the city struggles to emerge from bankruptcy, a citizens group has decided climate change is not a problem that can wait for brighter days.


The Summit

After two decades of work, the world got its first truly international plan to address climate change.


Fail Again

The Failure Festival in Boulder, Colorado tries to confront failure on its own terms.


Core strengths

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • Editing

Other skills

  • Design (Adobe CC)
  • Code (HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript)
  • Email campaigns (MailChimp)
  • Photography and video
  • Public speaking


  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Climate
  • Technology
  • Infrastructure
  • The Midwest
  • Chicago


  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
    M.S.J. (2011 - 2012)
  • Oberlin College
    B.A. (2003 - 2007)