Rick Adair has been news editor for Clearing Up since 2003. His duties include making sense of dozens of complex utility and court cases in play during any given week, and helping to maintain Clearing Up's high editorial standards. His prior experience includes covering the utility, science, and environment beats of a biweekly newspaper at Lake Tahoe, where his work won several Nevada statewide awards.
His research and engineering work touched on earthquakes, geothermal prospects, oil/gas hydraulic fracturing, advanced sonar, and processing Mars and lunar images. He has written and edited elementary and high school science-reference books.
Before turning to journalism, Rick earned geophysics degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D.).