Wingate University welcomes environmental journalist to campus

Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Jeffrey Ball, until recently The Wall Street Journal’s environment editor, will hold a public lecture at Wingate University on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in McGee Theatre of the Batte Center. The lecture is part of his four-day visit speaking to classes at the University. Ball speaks on college campuses about energy and environmental issues as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Currently he serves as scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. The Steyer-Taylor Center was created in 2011 to study and advance the development of clean-energy technologies through financial mechanisms and policies that make economic sense. Ball’s work focuses on the intensifying race among companies and countries to corner the clean-energy market, and the implications of that race for consumers and the planet. In addition to conducting research, he writes articles, convenes roundtables, speaks publicly and plans to write a book.

While working at the Journal for more than a decade, he wrote about energy and the environment, in particular about the economic viability of changing the way the world consumes fossil fuels. He covered the auto industry for the Journal out of its Detroit bureau, and the oil industry from the paper’s Dallas bureau. In 2009, he wrote a Journal column called Power Shift, which won an award from the National Press Foundation for its coverage of the changing energy and environmental landscape. He spent most of 2010 covering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, focusing on questions about the spill’s environmental effect.

Also at the Journal, Ball created and was the founding editor of Environmental Capital, a blog on energy and the environment. He was a host and moderator of, ECO:nomics, an annual conference on energy and the environment that brings together chief executives, policymakers and other leaders in the field. He has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN and the BBC, among other networks. Before coming to the Journal, he worked as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer and the Corpus Christi (Tex.) Caller-Times. He is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife and two daughters.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to