Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Audubon honors Women Greening Journalism

A hearty congratulations to those being honored today by the Audubon Women in Conservation Program, and especially my good friend Erica Gies, as part of the "Women Greening Journalism" program.  Here are the profiles of the honorees:

Emily Atkin, ThinkProgress
Emily Atkin writes about the science and politics of climate change, weather, and the environment for ThinkProgress. Her coverage focuses on peer-reviewed science, with topics including the effects of our acidifying oceans, what the polar vortex really is and isn't, and the challenges scientists face while studying the effects of fracking. Emily also keeps a close watch on Congress to report on how lawmakers are (or aren't) tackling human-caused climate change. As deputy editor, Emily also helps manage the daily news flow for the climate section of ThinkProgress.

Josie Garthwaite, Discover
Josie Garthwaite is a journalist and editor based in San Francisco. Her writing on science, environment, and technology has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Discover, National Geographic, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Wired. Josie has reported on topics ranging from the rise of synthetic biology to the clash of conservation and energy interests in California's Monterey Shale. As a staff writer for GigaOm, she provided pioneering coverage of electric cars and on-demand mobility services. Josie holds a master's degree from Stanford University's Graduate Journalism Program and she co-founded the environmental reporting project Climate Confidential in early 2014.

Erica Gies, Freelance, The New York Times, Yale Environment 360
Erica Gies is an independent journalist who writes about the core requirements for life — water and energy — from Victoria, British Columbia, and San Francisco. Her work appears in The New York Times, Yale Environment 360, the Guardian, The Economist, National Geographic, Forbes, Ensia, and other outlets. She also covers climate policy, green business, urban planning, waste of many kinds, critters, and more. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and has also co-founded two environment news startups: This Week in Earth and Climate

Rona Kobell, Staff Reporter, Chesapeake Bay Journal
Rona Kobell is a reporter for the Chesapeake Bay Journal, a nonprofit newspaper covering science and policy in the District of Columbia and the six states surrounding the nation's largest estuary. She produces and co-hosts a monthly radio show that airs live on WYPR in Baltimore and is carried across Maryland. A former Baltimore Sun reporter, she was awarded the Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2008. Her work has appeared in Grist, Slate, Modern Farmer, Yale Environment 360 and the Columbia Journalism Review. She lives near Baltimore with her husband, journalist Jesse Walker, and their two daughters.

Mary Catherine O'Connor, Independent Reporter
Mary Catherine O'Connor is a seasoned reporter whose beats include environmental issues, technology, and recreation. She has written for leading publications including Outside, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Smithsonian, Fast Company, and Wired. She has collected dispatches from climbers ascending Everest, interviewed some of the world's most accomplished athletes, technologists and entrepreneurs. Her story about the growing environmental threat posed by synthetic fibers shed from textiles was the second-most read story in The Guardian's sustainable business section last year. Also in 2014, O'Connor helped launch an ad-free, reader-supported experiment in journalism, called Climate Confidential.

Elizabeth Royte, Writer
Elizabeth Royte is the author of the critically acclaimed Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash; Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It; and The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rainforest. A former Alicia Patterson fellow and a recipient of the John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service, she contributes to Audubon, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper's, Outside, and other magazines. Royte is also a contributing editor to the Food and Environment Reporting Network, OnEarth Magazine, and Smithsonian.

Kate Sheppard, Senior Reporter/Environmental and Energy Editor, The Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard is a senior reporter and the environment and energy editor at the Huffington Post. She previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect. Her writing has also been featured in the New York Times' Room for Debate blog, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, High Country News, The Center for Public Integrity, In These Times, and Bitch. Her reporting has been recognized with awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Online News Association, and Planned Parenthood. She is the vice president for membership of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Andrea Vittorio, Reporter, Bloomberg BNA
Andrea Vittorio is a staff reporter at Bloomberg BNA, where she covers the intersection of climate change and business. Andrea splits her time between following national and international actions on climate change, particularly in the areas of preparedness and resilience, and reading corporate sustainability reports and interviewing company executives. She has reported from Philadelphia, Kuala Lumpur and now Washington, D.C.

Amy Westervelt, Journalist, Slate
Amy Westervelt covers the environment, business, technology and health for The Guardian UK and The Wall Street Journal. Her work has also recently appeared in Fast Company, Smithsonian, and Aeon. As a co-founder of Climate Confidential, she helped get longform, investigative environmental journalism into a host of national publications, including The Atlantic, Quartz, Smithsonian, Modern Farmer and many more. In 2007, Amy was awarded the Folio Eddy for her feature on the potential of algae as a feedstock for biofuels. She lives in Truckee, Ca.

Katie Carpenter, 2015 Special Recognition Chair, Rachel Carson Awards Council
As a producer and writer of award-winning documentary films, Carpenter has traveled the globe covering endangered species and habitats, human origins, and climate change. Her films have appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, MSNBC, and National Geographic TV. She also serves as Project Director and Media Analyst for the Evidence-Based Science Communication Initiative at Yale Law School, evaluating films and other media about policy-relevant issues such as climate change and vaccines. She is the author of a book about dolphins and an ongoing series of feature articles about greening the Film/TV industry. She lives in New York City with her two adventurous daughters.

Lindsay Abrams, Staff Writer
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer for Salon, where she heads up the Sustainability section. Her daily news reports, analyses and interviews cover topics including, but not limited to, climate change, conservation, public health, food and politics. She was previously an editorial fellowfor, focusing on health. Her work has appeared in Sierra Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Katherine Bagley, Reporter, InsideClimate News
Katherine Bagley is a reporter for InsideClimate News who covers the intersection of environmental science, politics and policy, with an emphasis on climate change. She is co-author of the InsideClimate News book Bloomberg's Hidden Legacy: Climate Change and the Future of New York City, published in November 2013 and winner of the Deadline Club's Award for Reporting by Independent Digital Media. Her writing has also been included in the anthology Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Sara Bernard, Multimedia Journalist
Sara Bernard is a freelance writer and radio reporter based in Seattle, WA. She's reported on environmental and social justice, energy, science, conservation, and culture for Grist, Bay Nature, Making Contact, KUOW, KQED, Alaska Public Media, Adirondack Life, and The Atlantic, among other outlets. Her multimedia investigation of the Kemper County Energy Facility in rural Mississippi — "The Cost of Clean Coal" — was published in February 2015 in Grist and featured on National Geographic Radio. Headshot photo credit: Daniel Penner /

Jeanne Blaisdell, The Green Samaritan
Jeanne Blaisdell is the founder and publisher of — an online resource that gathers and shares the best advice, resources, and tips to help those on their journey towards clean, green and healthy living and greater environmental awareness. By sharing a few thoughts on topics surrounding energy conservation, reuse, recycling, the natural world, and healthier food options, it is the intent this will spark a kinder action in everyday life. She has served as vice chair of past WIC luncheon events, on the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Environmental Stewardship Commission and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Science Center.

Jennifer Bogo, Popular Science
Jennifer Bogo is the executive editor at Popular Science, where she orchestrates coverage on topics ranging from medical breakthroughs and space exploration to advances in energy and robotics. Stories she edited have won a National Magazine Award and have been included in The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. She's also traveled to research stations from the Arctic to the Antarctic to report and write stories herself. Jennifer frequently appears on television and radio programs to explain science and technology news. She has a deep interest in environmental issues, stemming from her degree in biology and environmental science, and she is currently vice-president of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Previously, she has been an editor at Popular Mechanics, Audubon, and at E/The Environmental Magazine.

Cally Carswell, Freelance Science and Environmental Writer
Cally Carswell is an independent science and environmental journalist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a contributing editor at High Country News, where she writes on the intersection of climate science, ecology and land management, and environmental policy, and politics in the American West. Her work has appeared in Science Magazine, Modern Farmer and aired on Chicago Public Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2014, her reporting on forests and climate change was recognized with major awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers.

Rene Ebersole, Freelance writer, Features Editor, Audubon Magazine
Rene Ebersole writes magazine articles relating to science, the environment, health, travel, and food. As features editor at Audubon magazine, she manages a stable of talented writers who also contribute to such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and National Geographic. Her book, Gorilla Mountain, a children's biography of gorilla biologist Amy Vedder was co-published by Joseph Henry Press and Scholastic. She has a bachelor's degree in ecology and environmental science, and she has worked as an adjunct professor at NYU's Masters Program in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program, of which she is a graduate. She also guest lectures at other universities.

Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor, ClimateWire
Lisa Friedman is the deputy editor of ClimateWire, helping to lead a team of 10 reporters covering the business and politics of climate change. She also covers international policy, including the global climate change negotiations and the intersection between climate, international security, and development. In pursuit of those stories she has gone to the bottom of a Chinese coal mine, sat with families in flood-ravaged villages of Bangladesh, and climbed the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American and USA Today. Before joining ClimateWire, Lisa spent 14 years in daily journalism in California, Nevada and Washington D.C., serving as the Washington bureau chief for the Oakland Tribune and later the Los Angeles Daily News. She is the recipient of a number of journalism honors including the 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science Kavli Science Journalism Award and the 2010 Edwin M. Hood Diplomatic Correspondence Award. Most recently she was selected to be a fellow for the 2013 Pakistan U.S.-Journalism Exchange. A New Jersey native, Friedman is a graduate of Columbia University.

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg is the US environment correspondent of The Guardian and is based in Washington DC. She has won several awards for her work in the Middle East, and in 2003 covered the US invasion of Iraq from Baghdad. She is author of Madam President, about Hillary Clinton's historic run for the White House.


Lisa Krieger, The San Jose Mercury News
Lisa M. Krieger is a journalist for The San Jose Mercury News, covering science, environment, and medical research news from Stanford University, the University of California, NASA-Ames, U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrence Livermore Labs and the wild landscapes surrounding the beautiful San Francisco Bay area. Favorite articles include the return of Bald Eagles and Swainson's Hawk to the region, restoration of California Condor populations, mysterious deaths of brown pelicans, the impact of noise and light pollution on avian species, and the months-long wanderings of an escaped East African Gray-Crowned Crane. She also contributes to National Geographic Online, the magazine Bay Nature, and authors the column "Wanderlust" for Bay Area News Group, describing outdoor explorations in the Bay Area. Krieger graduated from Duke University with a degree in Biology. She scripted the KQED e-book Biotechnology, co-authored the book Incredible Voyage: Exploring the Human Body (National Geographic Press) and edited the University of California Press book AIDS: A Community Response. She is the recipient of seven major journalism awards, including "Journalist of the Year" by the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California. A resident of Palo Alto, CA, she is partial to anything involving mandolins, binoculars, horses or backpacking.

Celeste LeCompte, Smithsonian
Celeste LeCompte is a media entrepreneur and independent journalist. Her work focuses on innovation and the environment with an emphasis on China and the Western U.S. Most recently, she co-founded Climate Confidential, an experiment in reader-funded journalism about the intersection of environmental issues and technological innovation. Previously, she was the managing editor and director of product for Gigaom Research, and the editor of Sustainable Industries magazine. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, Smithsonian, Outside, and BusinessWeek. She is a 2015 Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Molly Murray, Environmental Reporter, News Journal, Wilmington, DE
Molly Murray writes about conservation and the environment for the News Journal in Wilmington, DE, with a special interest in climate change impacts on species and habitats. She has a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arcadia University. She started her career at the News Journal in 1980 covering land use, education, and government. As an environmental reporter, she loves to find critical links between species and habitat and one of her favorite topics is the link between horseshoe crabs and red knots along Delaware Bay.

Neena Satija, Environment Reporter, The Texas Tribune
Neena Satija is a radio reporter and producer for Reveal. She is based in The Texas Tribune newsroom in Austin. Previously, she was an environment reporter for The Texas Tribune, and before that, worked for Connecticut Public Radio. Her reporting on the vulnerability of the Connecticut shoreline won a national award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Neena grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and graduated from Yale University in 2011.

Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald Reporter
Jenny Staletovich is the environmental reporter for The Miami Herald, a beat she took over in 2014 after working as a freelance reporter for eight years. From 1989 to 2000, Staletovich worked at The Palm Beach Post as a statewide general assignment reporter responsible for the region's major stories, including hurricanes, the death penalty, and prisons. She visited Haiti and Cuba to report on immigration issues. She also covered crime and government. She has won several state and national awards, including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, the Green Eyeshades, and the Sunshine State Awards. She graduated from Smith College and lives in Miami with her husband and their three children.

Dinah Voyles Pulver, Environment Writer
Dinah Voyles Pulver has covered a wide range of environmental issues for The Daytona Beach News-Journal for more than 20 years, including documenting the travails of one of the nation's most diverse estuaries, the Indian River Lagoon. A three-time recipient of Florida's highest award for environment writing, the Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism, she has also been recognized nationally by the Grantham Foundation for excellence in reporting on the environment, and was awarded a Gold Medal for Public Service by the Florida Society of News Editors. When not roaming the wilds for work, she enjoys paddling a kayak, birdwatching, and hiking.

Ucilia Wang, Freelance
Ucilia Wang is a California-based freelance journalist who writes about technology and the environment for publications such as Forbes, The UK Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Smithsonian. She co-founded Climate Confidential, which publishes stories about the science and technology for dealing with climate change. She was previously the associate editor at Greentech Media and a staff writer covering the semiconductor industry at Red Herring.

Bonnie Lane Webber, Environmental Activist
Bonnie Lane Webber has passionately worked to increase environmental awareness on the Upper East Side—and beyond—since the 1980s. A longtime resident, she has found many ways to encourage the community to protect our natural resources. As environmental chair for Carnegie Hill Neighbors, she has written a column for the Carnegie Hill Newsletter for 25 years, focusing on a wide range of topics from better bulbs to fracking, food, and avoiding waste. She founded Grassroots, a forum for exchanging green ideas through monthly meetings and newsletters. Now chairing the Sierra Club NYC Group Sustainability Series, she continues to educate and promote effective action.

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