David Kirby
Award-Winning Investigative Journalist

David Kirby is author of the critically acclaimed book Evidence of Harm, Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, which debuted  on The New York Times bestseller list and is still widely read today. His second work, Animal Factory, exposes the powerful business and political interests behind large-scale factory farms. Kirby followed up these successes with 2013’s Death at SeaWorld, a gripping investigation into the tragic death of a whale trainer Dawn Brancheau and its implications for the business of SeaWorld.


A professional journalist for over 15 years, Kirby has appeared on such venues as Meet the Press, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Imus in the Morning, CNN, Montel Williams, Air America, and many others.


Kirby is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, has been a professional journalist for over 15 years, including extensive contributions to The New York Times. He was a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America from 1986-1990. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Death at SeaWorld
Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
St. Martin's Press

From the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory—a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld,...

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Animal Factory
The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment
St. Martin's Griffin

Swine flu. Bird flu. Massive fish kills. Concentrations of cancer and other diseases. Recalls of contaminated meats, fruits, and vegetables. Recent public...

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Evidence of Harm
Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy
St. Martin's Griffin

In the 1990s reported autism cases among American children began spiking, from about 1 in 10,000 in 1987 to a shocking 1 in 166 today. This trend coincided...

Mercury, Vaccines and Autism: The Debate That Won't Go Away: David is one of the leading voices on autism in America today, and one of the most informative speakers on this important public health issue.
The Environment and Our Children: A look at why so many children in America are suffering from chronic illnesses, and what is to blame.
The Price Of Protein: David discusses the environmental, public health and economic costs of animal factory farming.

Praise for Animal Factory “Thanks to Kirby’s extraordinary journalism, we have the most relatable, irrefutable, and unforgettable testimony yet to the hazards of industrial animal farming.”

“Kirby combines the narrative urgency of The Jungle with the investigative reporting of Fast Food Nation. Like Sinclair’s and Schlosser’s work, it has the potential to change the collective American mind about contemporary food issues.”
—National Public Radio, Books We Like

“The writing is brilliant, the people profiled are inspirational in their activism, and the topic is one that so many people remain blissfully ignorant of. Everyone would benefit from reading this book.”
San Francisco Book Review