Center for Environmental Journalism

Current Fellows

 2013-2014 Academic Year

Brian Calvert is an independent radio producer and freelance writer based in Southern California. Previously, he was a freelance foreign correspondent, reporting from across Asia and the Pacific. His radio work has aired on KCRW's Which Way La? and UnFictional, as well as WNYC's Studio 360 and CBC's Dispatches. His print work has appeared in Guernica, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal Asia and Pacific Standard, among others. Born and raised in Wyoming, Brian is now aiming to chronicle, through audio storytelling, how climate change is reshaping the American West.

Roberto (Bear) Guerra is a photographer who focuses on humanitarian, environmental, and social justice issues in the United States and abroad. His images and photo essays have been published by clients including Orion Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, OnEarth, and many others; and have been exhibited internationally. Among his recent recognitions, Guerra was named a Blue Earth Alliance project photographer in 2012 for "La Carretera: Life Along the Interoceanic Highway." He was also a finalist for a 2010 National Magazine Award in Photojournalism for work from Haiti. A native of San Antonio, TX, he comes to Boulder from Los Angeles, CA.

Colin McDonald is the water and environment reporter at the Express-News in San Antonio. He started at the paper in 2007 and has led investigations documenting corruption at local water utilities and violations of the Clean Water Act. To understand environmental changes he has paddled the length of the Texas coast and hiked across Big Bend. Colin graduated from Western Washington University in 2004 with a degree in environmental journalism. He has worked at five Hearst papers and bureaus across the country from Seattle to Washington and spent a year at the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana.

James Simms, a freelance reporter and television and radio commentator in Tokyo, has covered the Japanese economy and politics for nearly two decades. Previously, he was the Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Street columnist analyzing corporations, policy issues and the economies in Japan and South Korea. In 2011, he won Dow Jones' highest writing award for a series on Japan’s budget and bureaucracy. He has conducted hundreds of interviews for print and television, including for CNBC, and covered Asia’s financial crisis and the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. At the University of Colorado, he will focus on issues related to Fukushima.

Chandra Thomas Whitfield is a multimedia journalist whose work has appeared in Essence, Ebony, People, Newsweek and JET magazines, along with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The American Prospect and Time.com. In 2013 the Atlanta chapter of the New Leaders Council presented her with its "40 Under 40" Media Leadership award, and she recently won the Atlanta Press Club "Award of Excellence" for a radio report she completed for Atlanta's National Public Radio affiliate. A 2011 Soros Justice Media Fellow, Whitfield also received a 2011 Atlanta Press Club Award for a multimedia series on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As a staff writer and blogger for Atlanta Magazine in 2007, she was named Journalist of the Year by Region III of the National Association of Black Journalists, and Print Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Club.

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