2014 Superhero for Earth Award


Ken Cook is president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public interest research and advocacy organization that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

Cook is the author of dozens of articles, opinion pieces and reports on environmental, public health and agricultural topics and is a frequent source of perspective and commentary in national print and broadcast media. He is regularly listed as one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill newspaper and in 2011, journalist and healthy food movement icon Michael Pollan named Cook as one of the “Seven Most Powerful Foodies In the World.” 

Under Cook, EWG’s break-through innovation has been the creation of easy-to-use, online databases to analyze toxic pollution in people, federal farm subsidies, nuclear waste transportation routes, uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, tap water quality and to give consumers ingredient safety information on cosmetics, personal care products, and sunscreens.

Cook earned a B.A. in history, B.S. in agriculture and M.S. in soil science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has his wife Deb Callahan live in California with their son, Callahan Cook.