UC Berkeley researcher Moskowitz wins Freedom of Information Award for cell phone radiation work


March 8, 2018

Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, has won a 2018 James Madison Freedom of Information Award for his work that culminated in the state publishing cell phone radiation safety guidelines.

The award, bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California, recognizes organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing freedom of information. Moskowitz received a record four individual nominations for his work.


“I share this honor with many people who have assisted me in my work on wireless radiation safety over the past nine years,” said Moskowitz, noting the attorneys and law students from the Environmental Law Clinic at Berkeley Law and the First Amendment Project who worked on his Public Records Act lawsuit.

In 2017, Moskowitz took the California Department of Public Health(CDPH) to court under the California Public Records Act, forcing the release of a document on cell phone radiation.

Moskowitz says he is grateful to more than 200 journalists in 48 countries who reported on the CDPH cell phone safety guidance.

“The release of this document by CDPH and the ensuing worldwide news coverage has helped to raise awareness about a major global public health problem–exposure to cell phone and wireless radiation has contributed to increased risk of male and female infertility, neurologic disorders, and cancer,” he said.

The awards will be presented March 27 at the Delancey Street banquet hall in San Francisco.