Scott Carlson, who joined The Chronicle of Higher Education in 1999, writes about a range of issues: college management and finance, the cost and value of higher education, socioeconomic inequality, buildings, campus planning, energy, architecture, and sustainability. Most recently, he was the author of a Chronicle report, The Future of Work: How Colleges Can Prepare Students for the Jobs Ahead. He has been a speaker at conferences and colleges across the United States and in Canada, talking about libraries, architecture, and sustainability. In 2006, Carlson was awarded first prize for beat reporting from the National Education Writers Association for his work covering academic libraries. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he studied English literature, with a concentration on contemporary literature and utopian/dystopian literature. He is also a carpenter, blues-guitar player, organic gardener, and a judo and jiujitsu fighter.