Center for Environmental Journalism

Bios of Former Fellows

Bill Adler ('01-'02) is a journalist and author whose articles have appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and many other publications. He has also written three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest was published in September 2011, and is entitled The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon. Adler has a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University. He lives in Denver with his wife and son. For more information, visit themanwhoneverdied.com

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Tony Barboza ('12-'13) is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has worked for the paper’s metro section since 2006. In the last two years Barboza has taken on the California Coast beat, writing about oceanfront development, water pollution, marine life, public beach access and rising sea levels along California’s 1,100-mile coastline. He previously worked at the Claremont Courier and as an intern atHigh Country News. Barboza earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Pomona College.

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Bruce Barcott ('06-'07) is a contributing editor for Outside magazine, and his work appears regularly in National Geographic, On Earth, Yale Environment 360, and the New York Times. He's a former Guggenheim fellow in nonfiction. His most recent book, "The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw," won the inaugural Gene E. and Adele R. Malott Prize for Community Activism, and was named one of Library Journal's top nonfiction books of the year. He lives with his wife, the writer Claire Dederer, and their two children on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He can be reached at brucebarcott@gmail.com.

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Tristan Baurick ('12-'13) is a reporter for the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash. He joined the paper in 2010, and has written investigative features on subjects ranging from landslides to superfund sites. During the last decade he has written for various papers in Oregon, Washington and Canada. He also edited the Broom--a quarterly magazine about environmental issues in Puget Sound. He has a graduate diploma in journalism from Concordia University in Montreal and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Evergreen State College.

David Baron ('98-'99) is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent the past 25 years working primarily in public radio. A former environment correspondent for NPR, he currently serves as health and science editor for The World, a daily international news program co-produced by the BBC World Service, PRI, and WGBH in Boston. David’s reporting has taken him from Africa to Iceland, Alaska to the South Pole. (Listen to some of his recent stories from South Sudan, India, Ivory Coast, Peru, Norway, and Gabon.) In 2009, David received a first-place award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his special radio series on land use, called "Shifting Ground" that aired on NPR’s All Things Considered. During his Scripps Fellowship, David conducted research on the growing conflict between people and large predators in America. That research led to his book, The Beast in the Garden, which won a 2003 Colorado Book Award.  (Learn more about his book here.)

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Elizabeth Bluemink ('02-'03) is the communications coordinator for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, which manages an endowment of state-owned land, water, mineral and energy resources that is larger than what is held by most countries. From 2006 to March 2011, she was the business reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, covering oil, mining, Native corporations and other topics. Previously, she wrote about logging, fishing and mining for the Juneau Empire in Alaska. In 2011, she won the Society of Environmental Journalists' David Stolberg Meritorious Service Award, after many years of volunteering for the organization. She won Alaska Press Club awards for her environmental stories in 2004, 2005 and 2008. She also has worked in the past as the environment reporter for the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, where she wrote about health concerns, Superfund sites, air pollution and a paper plant. Bluemink previously worked for The Anniston (Ala.) Star where she broke a number of stories on PCB, lead and mercury contamination by the Monsanto Corporation in Anniston, and reported on the multi-million-dollar litigation against the company. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia. Bluemink may be reached at ebluemink@yahoo.com.

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Jennifer Bowles ('98-'99) works as the senior writer/communications strategist for a major California law firm with nine offices across California and Washington D.C., that specializes in environmental and water law, subjects she took a strong interest in during her fellowship at CU Boulder when she studied with Charles Wilkinson and David Getches at the law school. Previously, she was the environmental reporter at The Press-Enterprise, in Riverside, Calif., where for nine years, she covered an area of Inland Southern California that is a hotbed for endangered species, contentious water supply issues, earthquakes, pollution and a bevy of public lands issues. She won several Society of Professional Journalists awards while at The Press-Enterprise, beginning in 1999. She and two co-workers in 2003 began investigating the pollution at a missile testing site and its impact on the nearby residential neighborhood, where many people had developed thyroid illness. The project won a second-place award for newspapers in California and Nevada from The Associated Press News Executive Council. She and a co-worker also received a second-place award in the public service category from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for their 2001 "Troubled Waters" series, which revealed that a plume of MTBE, long in the making from a fuel tank farm, was heading toward a major drinking water well and threatening other wells. She began her journalism career at The Associated Press in Los Angeles. Recently, she bought a 1923 home in an historic area of Riverside, and fixing it up has put only a slight damper on her hiking and other outdoor activities. Contact her at jennscribe@aol.com.

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Lisa Busch ('99-'00) is the director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, a non-profit organization committed to scientific research and science education in the Eastern Gulf of Alaska. The Center operates a salmon hatchery and a small aquarium. She continues to produce "Encounters," a radio program that combines native ways of knowing with western science. She received her masters in Northern Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Busch can be reached at lisajeanbusch@gmail.com.

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Carie Call ('00-'01) is an environmental planner and LEED-certified builder for green buildings and communities. She owns and runs Pine Island Consulting, in Bokeelia, Florida. Call serves on Lee County's Smart Growth planning committee, Lee County's 20/20 land preservation committee, Lee County's Local Planning Agency, the sutainability IFAS committee and is a member of a women's philanthropy group on Pine Island, Fla., where she lives. Call is currently the Mango Queen on Pine Island, a Chamber of Commerce election promoting local organic agriculture and green business. This year was the first-ever green Mango Mania event, with recycling being implemented for the first time. Call writes environmental and socio-economic columns for the local newspapers. In 2011, Call plans to travel to Saudi Arabia where she and her husband, Darin, are working on a LEED airport in Jeddah. She plans to write about the experience for publication. The Florida Press Club honored Call with second place in environmental reporting in 2004, while she took third place in the same category from the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors also recognized her in 2004 with a third-place award for best body of work, environmental reporting. Most recently she garnered a NAMI of Collier County award for Outstanding Media for a 2005 series on the mentally ill. Prior to opening her own firm, Call worked as a reporter for The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, five associated dailies in neighboring Charlotte County, Fla., and the East Oregonian in Hermiston, Ore. Call can be reached at clcall@live.com.

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Karen Coates (10-'11), a freelance journalist, author, and media trainer, has covered developing societies in Asia for more than a decade. She is the 2011 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor at The University of Montana School of Journalism, where she is teaching a course in the business of freelance journalism. She and her husband, photojournalist Jerry Redfern, are senior fellows at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. The two are working on interactive online applications to complement the print version of their forthcoming book on unexploded ordnance in Laos. Coates also works with journalism training organizations in developing countries. In August 2011, she helped organize and teach a historic three-week course in government reporting, which brought eight Burmese journalists to The University of Montana through a State Department grant. Coates is a correspondent for Archaeology, she writes a food culture column for The Faster Times, and she contributes to publications around the world. She also writes the food blog Rambling Spoon. While at CU, she started a project called AppetiteEARTH.org, which she aims to develop into a global forum on the future of food.

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Bebe Crouse ('05-'06) is the Director of Communications for The Nature Conservancy in Montana. Before moving to Montana, Crouse was the Western and Environment Editor for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Among her journalism honors are the 2003 National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting for a team-produced look at malfeasance within the U.S. Border Patrol and the 2001 Peabody Award for NPR's team coverage of 9/11. She also received a Casey award for a documentary on the rise and influence of Evangelicals in Guatemala. Crouse's career includes five years at CBS News writing daily news analysis and commentary for Dan Rather and producing other feature and live segments for the network. She spent three years as a Mexico City-based independent producer and reporter. Her work includes award-winning documentaries for television and radio. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Natural Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master's Certificate in International Journalism from the University of Southern California/El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. Contact Crouse at bcrouse@tnc.org.

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Katy Daigle ('12'-'13) is an Associated Press correspondent based in New Delhi. She has covered news for AP for more than 12 years, including stints on AP’s international desk in New York and on the Europe & Africa desk in London. Most recently, she has been covering environmental issues in South Asia. Daigle has also worked as a stringer for Newsweek International, a reporter for The Moscow Times, and a copy editor on journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She has a BS in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Jad Davenport ('08-'09) is a freelance photojournalist. Contact him at jad@jaddavenport.com.

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Paula Dobbyn ('98-'99) serves as communications director for Trout Unlimited in Alaska. Previously, she worked in print and broadcast journalism for two decades in Central America, Boston, Washington, D.C., Juneau and Anchorage. Her reporting garnered numerous prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, Society of Environmental Journalists, American Society of Business Editors and Writers, McClatchy Newspapers Presidents Award, Radio and Television News Directors Association, Alaska Broadcasters Association and the Alaska Press Club. She was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. Recently, her public relations work took gold and silver prizes in the International Davey Award competition. Dobbyn continues to freelance, particularly for outdoors and sportsman's publications. She has a bachelor's degree in political theory from Hampshire College and a cross-border master's degree in human rights law from Queen's University Belfast and National University of Ireland, Galway. Dobbyn lives in Anchorage with her husband and two daughters. Contact her at pauladob@gmail.com.

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Leslie Dodson ('06-'07) has worked as a reporter, correspondent, anchor, producer and writer for a network news organizations including CNBC, MSNBC, Reuters and CNN and NHK-Japan. She has been posted to Tokyo, London, New York and throughout Latin America for international broadcasters and has worked in independent production in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Nepal, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Dodson's work has focused on international business and economic news and regularly has drawn connections between business and the environment. She was awarded special recognition by Reuters for her coverage of the financial crisis in the emerging. Dodson co-founded The Story Group, a multi-media journalism consortium covering international development and environmental issues. Currently, she is a PhD student in the ATLAS program in Technology, Media & Society at CU-Boulder. Her area of research is information and communication technology for development (ICTD). Dodson can be reached at lesliedodson@mac.com.

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Sam Eaton ('04-'05) is an independent radio and television producer living in Los Angeles.  Most recently Sam has reported from the Philippines, Japan and Vietnam for Marketplace and PBS NewsHour.  The project is called "Food for Nine Billion," a year-long series produced by Homelands Productions and the Center for Investigative Reporting.  Sam also produced five stories from Japan for PRI's The World as part of the program's tsunami anniversary coverage.  Sam can be reached at sam_eaton@me.com

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Tasha Eichenseher ('11-'12) recently moved from being a producer and editor at National Geographic Digital Media in D.C. to Discover magazine’s new office in Wisconsin, where she serves a senior editor. She has been covering science and environment stories for nearly a decade for a variety of print and online outlets, including E/The Environment Magazine, Environmental Science & Technology online news, Greenwire, Green Guide, and National Geographic News. Tasha has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University. In her free time she does as much biking, climbing, and skiing as possible. She can be reached at tasha.eichenseher@gmail.com.

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Erin Espelie ('10-'11) is executive editor at Natural History magazine and a filmmaker. At the magazine, she covers the interactions between humans and Earth’s natural processes and writes a monthly column, “The Natural Explanation.” Espelie makes poetic nonfiction films about environmental issues, and recently premiered new works at the New York Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. She is currently a visiting instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

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John Flesher ('02-'03) is the northern Michigan correspondent and Great Lakes environmental writer for The Associated Press and is based in Traverse City. He covers general news of regional or national interest within a territory that encompasses roughly half the state, including the entire Upper Peninsula. In 2005, the AP designated him an environmental writer, with responsibility for statewide environmental issues and broader topics affecting the entire Great Lakes region. He was one of six reporters recently selected for an AP national environmental reporting team that will focus on in-depth enterprise and investigative assignments. Since his fellowship, he has developed projects on wetlands, water conservation, mercury contamination, the battle over diverting Great Lakes water to other regions, invasive species and the recovery of gray wolves in the upper Great Lakes states. He previously was the AP's Michigan regional reporter in the Washington bureau. He began his AP career in the Raleigh, N.C., bureau, where he was the statehouse reporter. Flesher was AP's Michigan Staffer of the Year in 1995 and a Great Lakes Environmental Issues Fellow at the Michigan State University School of Journalism in 1997. He was a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Flesher was a member of the AP team that reported on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. The AP team's coverage won an Associated Press Managing Editors award and a George Polk Award. He has a bachelor's degree in English from North Carolina State University. Flesher can be reached at jflesher@ap.org or jeflesher@yahoo.com.

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Laura Frank ('09-'10) is the executive director of the I-News Network. I-News delivers in depth multimedia reports to news outlets across the Rocky Mountain region and is a founding member of the national nonprofit Investigative News Network. Frank, a Denver native, has nearly two decades experience at daily newspapers, radio and public television.

She was an investigative reporter at the Rocky Mountain News until it closed in 2009. While there, she worked on multipart stories on Colorado's natural gas rush and the U.S. government's empty promise to provide medical aid to nuclear workers. Frank also has worked at The Tennessean in Nashville, Tenn., the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., USA Today and the Gannett News Service.

Her stories have won top awards in both print and broadcast, and helped release innocent people from prison, protect abused children, and win aid for sick nuclear weapons workers. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois.

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Eric Frankowski ('03-'04) is the energy program director with Resource Media in Boulder, Colo. He works mainly with other nonprofit environmental groups, helping them develop and implement media and messaging strategies. Previously, he was city editor, assistant city editor and a reporter at the Longmont (Colorado) Daily Times-Call. During his tenure, the paper received several prestigious awards, including the Colorado Press Association's General Excellence Award in 2001 and 2002, and the Scripps Foundation's National Environmental Reporting Award in 2004. He also has received individual awards for his science and environment reporting at the Times-Call, where he wrote and edited a bi-weekly science section before moving into his current position. He and a colleague won the Society of Environmental Journalism's top award in 2004 in the 'small Market Reporting-Print" category for their series on the Cotter Corporation, a uranium milling company near Cañon City, Colorado. Eric has a bachelor's degree with a double major in biology and Spanish, and an M.A. in journalism and graduate certificate in environmental policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contact him at efrankowski@gmail.com.

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Deborah Fryer ('08-'09) is a freelance producer, writer, director, videographer and editor at Lila Films, Inc., an independent production company for educational videos and documentary films. She has worked for PBS, Nova, Frontline, MSNBC, Discovery, History Channel, Turner Broadcasting, HGTV, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and the National Audubon Society. Her first independent film, "SHAKEN: Journey into the Mind of a Parkinson's Patient" (completed while Fryer was a Scripps' Fellow) aired nationally on public television (www.lilafilms.com/shaken.htm).  Fryer continues to make films about health and the environment, and is contemplating going to medical school! Watch clips of her recent projects here (http://vimeo.com/user6406605/videos).  In her free time, she enjoys teaching yoga, hiking, and playing Scrabble with any Scripps Fellows who dare. Contact her at deborah@lilafilms.com.

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Cate Gilles ('98-'99) earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she graduated Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving her master's degree Summa Cum Laude in political science at Northern Arizona University, she worked as editor of the Din* Bureau of the Gallup Independent and as a correspondent for the Navajo Times. In 1994 she received the Bojack Humanitarian Award for Reporter of the Year. Gilles passed away on August 4, 2001. At the time of her death, she was editor of the Yaqui Times, the newsletter of the Pascua Yaqui reservation. A Web site has been established in her memory.

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Daniel Glick ('00-'01) In 2008, Daniel Glick co-founded The Story Group, a multimedia journalism company. Dan continues to freelance for whatever magazines still continue to assign stories, and has published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, PARADE, and many other national magazines. His second book, Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids and a Journey to the Ends of the Earth, was published in June 2003 by Public Affairs and won the Colorado Book Award in the History/Biography category. The book is part memoir and part ecological treatise, chronicling the five-month, round-the-world trip that he and his children made in 2001. Glick is also the author of Powder Burn: Arson, Money and Mystery on Vail Mountain. In 2006 he was named a Knight International Press Fellow and lived in Algeria with his two children. For more about his books, visit his website: www.danielglick.net, or The Story Group's website: www.thestorygroup.org. He can be reached at daniel@danielglick.net.

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Leah McGrath Goodman ('10-'11) An award-winning journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman has written for The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Financial Times, Fortune, Institutional Investor, The Guardian, ABC News, USA Today, National Public Radio, Bloomberg and Forbes. She has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox and Bloomberg Television. Her first book, "The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked The World's Oil Market," was published by HarperCollins in 2011 and was called "a riveting tale of greed gone mad" by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and "twice as crazy and outlandish as any plot that Hollywood could concoct" by Fortune magazine. The book was nominated for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Book of the Year Award. A member of the London Speaker Bureau and writer-at-large for Absolute Return magazine, she is working on her next book based in the Channel Islands.

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Dan Grossman ('99-'00) After earning a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in political science at MIT, Dan has been a print journalist and radio and web producer for more than 20 years. He has reported from all seven continents, including from within 800 miles of both poles. He has produced radio stories and documentaries for National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Germany’s Deutsche Welle radio, the BBC, and a number of other broadcast outlets. Dan has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Discover, Audubon and Scientific American and MSNBC. He is coauthor of the book A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has also produced three extensive micro-websites, all on environmental topics. More recently, Dan has been producing multimedia posts for National Geographic’s NewsWatch blog, for which he is a contributing editor. His work has received many awards, including from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Science Writers Association (click here for a complete list). For more about Dan and his work, visit his website. He can be reached at dangrossmanmedia@gmail.com.

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Todd Hartman ('98-'99) has moved his environmental journalism career into a new phase since 2009. With the closure of the storied Rocky Mountain News, he landed outside his beloved field of 24 years and took his passion for environmental and energy issues into the public sector. He currently resides as the communications director for Colorado's Department of Natural Resources, coordinating with the agencies' eight divisions on matters ranging from state water supplies, to its parks and wildlife and oversight of the mining and energy development industries. Prior to his role at DNR, he managed media relations for the Governor's Energy Office and Gov. Bill Ritter's New Energy Economy efforts until late 2010. While not journalism, the work is interesting, fast-paced and requires building new skill sets and stretching old ones. And, at its heart, the work still involves educating the public on these important issues, in large part by keeping the conversation factual - a mission in many ways similar to the news biz. Hartman began his journalism career more than 20 years ago and worked at four newspapers – three of them in Colorado. His work earned 11 national journalism awards, including recognition from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, the National Headliner Award and, most recently, from the Taylor Family Award for Fairness, awarded through the Nieman Foundation. Hartman's reporting also garnered five regional prizes for journalism in the West and has won or placed nearly two dozen times in state contests. He is living just outside Denver, married with two children, far too many cats and a border collie mix. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado. Hartman can be reached at toddhartman@mac.com.

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Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock ('07-'08) formerly worked as the host and producer of Independent Native News and as a reporter for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She recently switched gears and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She spent 2010 in New Zealand writing a Young Adult novel in verse and received a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism last year to continue reporting on a cold case murder in Alaska. She splits her time between Lyons Colorado and Fairbanks, Alaska. She can be reached at hitchcock@alaska.net.

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Don Hopey ('05-'06) is the President of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the evironment reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His writing displays a mix of local, state and national investigative stories and issue-oriented outdoor features. He has produced series of articles about pollution caused by the nation's hazardous waste incinerators, shortcomings in Pennsylvania's regulation of longwall coal mining, and an 80-mile canoe trip through the Wild and Scenic sections of the Allegheny River. During the summer of 1995 he participated in and wrote about a through hike of the Appalachian Trail by reporters at five eastern newspapers, and in 1998 he traveled to Central Europe to research and report about a range of air pollution issues. In December 2010 he and fellow reporter David Templeton published an eight-day series titled "Mapping Mortality" that detailed significantly higher mortality rates in southwestern Pennsylvania for diseases linked to air pollution and mapped the deaths to show a link to the region's 150 major industrial sources and 16 coal-fired power plants. Previously, Hopey was a general assignment, labor and investigative reporter for the Pittsburgh Press and city hall reporter for the Altoona Mirror. His work has been recognized by a number of local and regional awards. Hopey is an adjunct professor in the University of Pittsburgh' s environmental studies department, where he teaches an environmental issues and policy class and a Western Issues Yellowstone Field Course for the Pitt Honors College. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied law at Duquesne University, journalism at Pennsylvania State University. Contact Hopey at dhopey@post-gazette.com.

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Katy Human ('00-'01) is the public affairs specialist for NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in Boulder. She works with scientists and others to get news out about the cool and critical weather and climate research taking place here. She's been with NOAA (and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) for four years now, writing for general public and Congressional audiences. Formerly the Denver Post's science and then medical reporter, Human still misses daily journalism and other journalists, but loves her new colleagues and new challenges. She also loves more family time with husband Gregg, son Miles (8) and daughter Macy (6). Human can be reached at katyhuman@msn.com.

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Rebecca Huntington ('01-'02) A multi-media journalist, Rebecca Huntington writes for radio, video and print. She is a writer/producer for Assignment Earth broadcast on Yahoo! News and NBC affiliates and This American Land produced for PBS stations nationwide. Covering the Northern Rockies, she's reported on oil and gas drilling, logging, wilderness, sage grouse, zombie subdivisions, grizzlies, wolves, bighorn sheep, recreation and the die-off of the keystone species, whitebark pine. She contributes to High Country News and Wyoming Public Radio. Contact her at rahuntington@gmail.com.

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Jody Jenkins ('11-'12) is an award-winning journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker. Before becoming a Scripps Fellow, he was an editor at France 24, a Paris-based, twenty-four-hour news network that broadcasts in English, French and Arabic. As European Correspondent for Raleigh’s Spectator Magazine, Jenkins covered Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, reporting on the Russian, Czechoslovakian and Romanian revolutions as well as the Serbo-Croatian and Bosnian wars. His first feature film, “American Jihadist,” a look at militant Islam through the eyes of an African-American convert who fought in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Bosnia, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival. He is currently at work on "A God Too Far," a documentary tracing the long-term causes of Haiti's environmental, economic and social devastation. He has a B.A. in journalism and history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He can be contacted at jodygjenkins@gmail.com.

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Jeff Johnson ('05-'06) is senior editor for Chemical and Engineering News in Washington, D.C. He covers energy, the environment, science policy, chemical accidents and economics for this weekly science news magazine.

The range of topics he has written about include all elements of energy, such as hydraulic fracturing, carbon capture and sequestration at coal-fired power plants, solar and wind energy, the electric grid, and nuclear energy, as well as inherently safer design of chemical plants and refineries.

Previously, Johnson worked for Environmental Science & Technology, a monthly environmental science magazine, and before that for the Daily Environment Reporter, a Bureau of National Affairs publication where he covered the environmental activities of Congress. He earned a BS in industrial engineering at California State Polytechnic University and a master's in journalism at the University of Oregon. Contact Johnson at j_johnson@acs.org.

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Patrick Joseph ('99-'00) lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife and two kids. He is executive editor of California magazine, the award-winning alumni publication of the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to editing and writing for California, he continues to freelance for various publications. Joseph can be reached at patjoseph@gmail.com.

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Joanna Kakissis ('08-'09) A journalist currently based in Athens, Greece, Joanna contributes to TIME Magazine, NPR, The New York Times, Marketplace, PRI's The World, The Financial Times Magazine and other outlets. She has also written for Al-Jazeera English, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where she was an award-winning staff writer from 1998-2004. She contributed to a News & Observer series on Hurricane Floyd that was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news.

She has been awarded several fellowships. In fall 2009, she reported on environmental migrants in Bangladesh with the help of a grant from the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Most recently, in 2011, she was awarded a Knight Luce Fellowship from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School to report on religion in migrant communities, especially the Hazara Afghans. Contact her at joanna@joannakakissis.com.

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Anne Keala Kelly ('06-'07) is a filmmaker and journalist focusing on Hawaiian political and cultural issues, indigenous peoples and the environment. Keala co-produced “The Other Hawai’i,” a 30-minute television news program for Al Jazeera English’s “Inside USA”; she has filed stories from Kathmandu, Geneva and her home in Hawai’i, and her articles and essays have been published in The Nation, Indian Country Today, American Indian Quarterly, the Honolulu Weekly and other journals. Keala has also produced documentaries and short features for radio, which have aired on the Pacifica Network’s Free Speech Radio News and NPR’s The Environment Report. Keala’s first feature length film, “Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i,” has received international film festival awards and will be distributed online beginning in April 2012 She can be reached at keala.kelly@gmail.com.

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Keith Kloor ('08-'09) is a magazine journalist based in New York City. A senior editor at Audubon magazine until recently, Kloor has been published as a freelancer by Audubon as well as Science, Nature, Archaeology and Smithsonian, among others. His work reflects a multidisciplinary approach to environmental issues, examining science and public policy through a historical, social, and political lens. His recent projects include examining the impacts of environmental constraints on prehistoric Indian cultures. Reach Kloor at kkloor@msn.com.

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Michael Kodas ('09-'10) is a photographer, writer and the author of the bestselling book High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed. USA Book News named High Crimes Best Non-Fiction in the National Best Books awards of 2008. Its highest honor, however, was being a question on the game show Jeopardy in November of 2010.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Suddeutsche Zeitung (the largest newspaper in Germany), Newsweek, Newsweek.com, Outside.com, Geo, and Seasons magazine. From 1987 until 2008 Kodas was a staff photographer, picture editor and reporter at The Hartford (CT) Courant. At The Courant he specialized in adventure/environmental journalism and produced numerous pieces of expedition-style reportage.

He was a member of the Connecticut Everest Expedition, sending a series of stories to The Courant from the Himalaya during the two months that the team was on the mountain. The project also produced the Northeast Magazine cover story, "Implosion." The coverage was awarded a gold medal in the Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, as well as honors from the New England Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association.

Kodas' work in adventure journalism for The Courant began in 1995, when was one of a team of journalists who hiked the Appalachian Trail for "An Appalachian Adventure," which ran in The Courant, the Atlanta Constitution, the Raleigh News and Observer, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and the Portland Newspapers. The project was syndicated around the world and published as an illustrated book. For other projects at The Courant, Kodas circumnavigated Long Island Sound in a sea kayak, trekked through threatened rainforests in Costa Rica and Brazil, explored mine fields in Vietnam, sailed aboard the Amistad, spent 18-months researching the devastation of New England's marine environment and fishing industry, and climbed to the summit of Ama Dablam, a 22,500-foot-tall peak next to Mount Everest in Nepal. In 2003 Kodas joined a team of forest fire fighters from Connecticut and worked as both a firefighter and a journalist on fires in Wyoming and Colorado.

In 1999 Kodas was among a team of Courant journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the killings of four employees of the Connecticut Lottery by a disgruntled worker. He has also won awards from the Pictures of the Year competition, the National Press Photographers Association, the Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society for Newspaper Design, the New England Associated Press News Executives Association and several other professional organizations.

He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism where he completed the photojournalism and news writing programs and a former Patton Scholar at the Wesleyan Writers Workshop.

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John Kotlowski ('03-'04) is a Seattle-based freelance photographer and filmmaker. His work explores the cultural landscape and man's relationship to the found environment. He is currently in Australia working on "Balanda People", a photo-based project that takes a critical look at Australia's early colonial history. Other projects in the works, or in post-production, include a photo project on America's national parks, and a video documentary on his brother Lionel, titled "Mr. K". In 2009, Kotlowski was a nominee for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work can be seen on his website www.johnkotlowski.com, and on his 'road blog', www.animastrekk.blogspot.com. Contact Kotlowski at info@johnkotlowski.com.

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Becky Kramer ('12-'13) is a natural resources and energy reporter for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Kramer began her 14-year career at the paper covering North Idaho’s transition from a mining and timber economy and has covered issues such as affordable housing. She then transitioned to an environmental beat. Kramer previously worked as a reporter for two other Washington-based papers: the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and The Highline Times News. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Suzie Lechtenberg ('09-'10) is the producer of Freakonomics Radio. She's been a public radio journalist for almost a decade, covering politics, the environment, economics and pop culture for outlets like New York Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, NPR, APM and PRI. In 2010 she was the senior producer of the midterm election series Pop & Politics with Farai Chideya, which was produced by WNYC. She was one of the original producers hired at Weekend America, a magazine show produced by APM, where she worked for almost five years. Her work has been featured on public radio shows like Marketplace, Day to Day, and Studio 360. During the academic year of 2009-2010, she was one of five journalists awarded the Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she reported on a disappearing Kansas town. She started her career at the fashion and pop culture magazines Dazed & Confused and Nylon. Suzie's a Kansas native, currently living in Brooklyn.

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Kari Lydersen ('11-'12) After the fellowship, Kari Lydersen continues her reporting (as a freelancer) on her fellowship project area--the resurgence of hard rock mining in the Southwest and Great Lakes region, along with reporting on other energy and environmental issues. She is working on a book about hard rock mining and also a book for release in fall 2013 about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She teaches an environmental journalism program for Chicago youth from marginalized communities, through the non-profit We the People Media and Michigan State University; and she teaches journalism as an adjunct at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Previously, Kari covered a wide range of stories for The Washington Post, where she was a staff writer for the Midwest Bureau until the bureau’s closing in 2009. After that she worked as a staff writer with the Chicago News Cooperative, a non-profit news outlet that provided content to the local edition of The New York Times. She is the author of three books related to labor, immigration and tangentially environmental issues. Lydersen is a national champion in marathon swimming and completed her first Ironman triathlon during the fellowship -- thanks to the high altitude training in Boulder. She has a B.S. in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at kari.lydersen@gmail.com.

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Douglas MacPherson ('02-'03) is a veteran public radio reporter. He currently lives in Cape Neddick, Maine. He served 8 years as a reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord where he specialized in science and natural resource issues. His stories appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition," and Public Radio International's "Marketplace." Doug started in radio at NPR's Boston affiliate, WBUR. He holds a bachelor's degree is in Literary Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont. Doug can be reached at douglasjmacpherson@gmail.com.

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Alex Markels ('03-'04) is an investment research analyst and occasional contributor to National Geographic Magazine. A former Wall Street Journal staff reporter, Markels has also worked as a supervising editor at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report Magazine and a contributing writer at the New York Times. He has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Contact him at alex@markels.com.

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Sean Markey ('07-'08) is a freelance journalist and photographer. A former staff writer and editor for National Geographic News, his work has appeared in the Economist, National Geographic, Discover, The Washington Post, High Country News and The New York Times Special Features Syndicate. Prior to his fellowship, Markey spent several years reporting from New Zealand. He currently lives with his family in Peacham, Vt. He can be reached through his Web site, www.seanmarkey.com.

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David Mayfield ('00-'01) is a business editor for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. He had a story published in the fall 2001 issue of OnEarth magazine (formerly Amicus Journal) that stems from his Ted Scripps Fellowship. The story, "A Farewell to Arms," is about a former Army ammunition plant in Wisconsin that has become a sanctuary for grassland birds. Mayfield can be reached at dmzmay@yahoo.com.

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Kim McGuire ('03-'04) moved to St. Louis in August 2007 to become the science and environment reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where she covers Mississippi River issues, air quality, biofuels, climate change and maintains the blog, EcoSpeak. Previously, she was the environment reporter at the Denver Post, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and before that worked at two Texas newspapers, the Beaumont Enterprise and the Tyler Morning Telegraph. McGuire has received several awards for her hard- hitting coverage, which has spanned subjects ranging from diminishing Mississippi Delta aquifers to toxic waste and environmental justice issues. In 2008, her series on coal-bed methane wanter for the Denver Post was named a finalist for the James V. Risser Prize. In October 2004, her two-part series on the risk associated with the destruction of chemical weapons, the culmination of her fellowship project, ran in the Democrat-Gazette. McGuire has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A & M University. She and her husband Todd, who is the business editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, are expecting their first child in May 2010. Contact her at kmcguire@post-dispatch.com.

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Ron Meador ('01-'02) After his fellowship Ron Meador returned to his post as an editorial writer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he had been employed since 1980 in various editing and management roles. Following sale of the paper to a private equity investment group in early 2007, he resigned to pursue interests in freelance writing and environmental advocacy; in mid 2007 he began work as executive director of the nonprofit Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. In September 2008 he became director of the Media Center at Fresh Energy in St. Paul, where he led a media relations and journalism training program for an eight-state network of nonprofits and foundations, and created a new online newsmagazine, Midwest Energy News, which was launched in early 2010. In October 2010 he resigned that position to return to a writing/editing/teaching career closer to the journalistic mainstream, including creation of a new online environmental news venture, Earth Journal,  at the Twin Cities' leading online news source, MinnPost.com. His 35-year newspaper career also included stints at The New York Times and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, and his many awards include the Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing, presented by The Wilderness Society in 2000. Meador holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and sociology from Indiana University. Reach him at ronmeador@gmail.com.

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Michael Milstein ('97-'98) is a public affairs officer at the Bonneville Power Administration, which markets power from hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River system and funds one of the largest fish and wildlife protection programs in the country. He was formerly an environment and science reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where he covered natural resource issues. He covered issues such as salmon fisheries, forest management, wildfires and Klamath Basin water struggles. Before joining The Oregonian, he worked out of his basement in Cody, Wyoming, as the Wyoming Bureau reporter for The Billings Gazette. There he covered science, environment and public lands issues in and around Yellowstone National Park and wrote two books about Yellowstone. Milstein also worked as a freelancer, writing for High Country News and Air & Space, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Astronomy, Earth and others. He lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and son. Contact Milstein at mmilstein@msn.com.

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Jim Mimiaga ('09-'10) writes about environmental issues, tribal politics and outdoor recreation for the Four Corners Free Press, a news magazine in Cortez, Colo. He recently won a second-place prize in general reporting with editor Gail Binkly and columnist/reporter David Grant Long for a collection of articles about medical marijuana. He is currently working on a book with photographer John Fielder. He has also worked at the Cortez Journal, Inside/Outside Southwest Magazine, The Durango Telegraph, Independent Native News and The Southern Ute Drum newspaper. He recently covered the reintroduction of wolves along the New Mexico-Arizona border and the return of condors to the Grand Canyon. He has won several awards in news and photography from the Society of Professional Journalists and Colorado Press Association. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Fort Lewis College.

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Anne Minard ('09-'10) is a Flagstaff, Arizona-based freelance science journalist whose work has appeared in Indian Country Today, National Geographic News, The New York Times, the Los Angles Times, Science, Scientific American and High Country News. Her first book, "Pluto and Beyond: A Story of Discovery, Adversity, and Ongoing Education," was published in 2007 and she is a contributing author on two others. Minard formerly worked as the science reporter for the Arizona Daily Star; editor of Mountain Living Magazine; health and science reporter for the Arizona Daily Sun; and environmental reporter for the Idaho State Journal. She has received many honors, including first place in environmental reporting from the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editor's Association and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her radio journalism. In 2011 she won second place in the Society of Professional Journalists' environmental feature writing "Top of the Rockies" contest for her story "Goshawks: Caught in the Crossfire," published in the Four Corners Free Press. Minard has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master's degree in biology from Northern Arizona University. When she’s not writing, she enjoys swimming, running, bicycling, hiking with her dog, and – most recently – rock climbing.

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Vicki Monks ('03-'04) is a prolific multi-media freelancer who works as a writer, reporter, photographer and radio and TV producer. Her articles and documentaries have tackled global environmental subjects, from the deforestation of Irian Jaya to the problem of plastic trash in the ocean, to industrial contamination of a Native American community in Oklahoma. Her work has appeared on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, CBS' "60 Minutes," PBS Online, and in National Wildlife magazine and the American Journalism Review. Monks is now living in Oklahoma where she is working on a book about Indian Country in Oklahoma 100 years after statehood and reporting on environmental threats to Indian lands. She is also currently working with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department as Community Relations Coordinator.

She is author of "Amber Waves of Gain," a book that explores how the American Farm Bureau's financial ties with big business drive its lobbying efforts, which often work against the interests of family farmers. Monks has won a long list of national and international awards and was a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. In 2006, she taught broadcast writing as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oklahoma. And, OU's School of Art honored her with a first place award in the Native American Alumni, Faculty and Student art show. The award was for photographs that will be used in her forthcoming book. A member of the Chickasaw tribe, she has a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Contact her at vicki.monks@gmail.com.

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Susan Moran ('01-'02) lives in Boulder, Colo., where she is a freelance writer covering energy development, climate science, environmental health, business and other issues. She worked as an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Colorado's School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2002 to 2009. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for the 2009-10 academic year. Susan went to Palmer Station, Antarctica, on a Marine Biological Laboratory science journalism fellowship in late 2010. Her work has been published in The Economist, The New York Times, Nature, Marie Claire, Newsweek, High Country News and other publications.  Susan also co-hosts a weekly science show on KGNU community radio, called "How On Earth." Before coming to Boulder, Susan was based in San Francisco, where she was a senior editor at Business 2.0 magazine. Previously she worked with Reuters news agency — in Tokyo, New York and Silicon Valley — and other news organizations, including the San Francisco Chronicle. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master's degree in Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Cruz. E-mail Moran at susankmoran@gmail.com. Her website is www.susankmoran.com.

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Emily Murphy ('99-'00) is vice president and managing editor of Mother Nature Network, a mainstream environmental news and information Web site based in Atlanta. The site launched in January 2009. Previously, Murphy was multimedia director for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, www.ajc.com. Before moving to Atlanta, Murphy was part of USA TODAY's Web team that won three awards in the University of Missouri's Picture of the Year International contest for their coverage of the Bush Inauguration, Hurricane Katrina and soldiers in Iraq. Prior to working for USA TODAY, she was a multimedia producer and editor at nationalgeographic.com and a television producer at CNN. Murphy can be reached at emilymurphy@rocketmail.com.

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Ryan Nave ('10-'11) covers the Mississippi Legislature, elections, energy, the environment, and criminal justice for the Jackson Free Press. Before joining the JFP in November 2011, he spent several years out West writing about environmental business issues in New Mexico, Colorado, and Washington state. Prior to that, he worked at Illinois Times, a newsweekly in the capital city. At IT, he covered legislative and statewide issues, winning awards for business, news, and government-beat reporting. He was a 2010-2011 Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder and a 2004 Academy for Alternative Journalism fellow at Northwestern University. A native of University City, Mo., he has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri.

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Todd Neff ('07-'08) is a freelance science, environment, health-care and business writer living in Denver. Prior to his fellowship, he was science and environment reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera, where he covered everything from climate change and air quality to physics Nobel-Prize winners. Neff has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. In June 2012, he won the Colorado Book Award in History for From Jars to the Stars: How Ball Came to Build a Comet Hunting Machine, a book about how the Ball jar company came to build a comet-hunting spacecraft, which he largely researched and wrote during his Ted Scripps fellowship. He can be reached via www.toddneff.com.

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Rachel Odell Walker ('04-'05) is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colo. where she covers environmental issues, adventure travel, and parenting for outlets ranging from High Country News to Babble.com. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Backpacker, 5280, and Mountain Magazine. Following the fellowship, Rachel joined the staff at Skiing Magazine. She launched her journalism career as the environmental reporter at the Jackson Hole News in Jackson, Wyo., in 1998 after graduating with a double major in French and environmental studies from Middlebury College in Vermont. Reach her at rjodell@gmail.com.

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Dave Philipps ('11-'12) is a journalist and author based in Colorado Springs, where he is working on a book about wild horses. While an investigative reporter and feature writer at the Colorado Springs Gazette, he specialized in writing about the environment, natural resources and the military. He has appeared on CNN, ABC and NPR. For his coverage of the upswing in violent crime among a group of Iraq War veterans at Fort Carson, Philipps won the Livingston Award for national reporting and was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. The series, “Casualties of War,” was published in the Colorado Springs Gazette in July 2009. He later turned the series into a book that takes its title from the nickname that the army unit profiled gave itself, “The Lethal Warriors”. He has a B.A. in environmental studies from Middlebury College and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He can be contacted at davidnphilipps@gmail.com.

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Natalie Phillips ('02-'03) passed away in September of 2007. Prior to her death, she served as the associate producer of "The Quiet War, profiles of women facing advanced breast cancer," a documentary about living with metastasized breast cancer. The film won first place for documentaries at the Los Angeles Reel Women Film Festival. More information available at Affinityfilms. Natalie retired from her job as a senior staff writer at the Anchorage Daily News in 2003. Her assignments with the paper had focused on science and environmental issues including the class action Exxon Valdez oil spill trial. She was a reporter and assistant managing editor at the Bozeman (Montana) Daily Chronicle, and a staff writer at the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph and the Vail (Colorado) Trail. A recipient of numerous state, regional and national journalism awards, she also freelanced for a range of publications including Time magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Phillips received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Montana and studied in language programs at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City.

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Anne Raup ('06-'07) is the photo editor for the Anchorage Daily News and a photojournalist. Her main focus continues to be shaping photojournalism and the newspaper as it evolves into the lean, mean, multi-platform news outlet. ADN's annual Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race coverage shows how the paper continues to evolve onto multiple platforms with varied story-telling methods. During her year as a Ted Scripps Fellow, she worked on a photo project about uranium mining in the American West. Work on that project continues. Raup holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. She attended Gudlav Bilderskolan in Solleftea, Sweden after graduating high school near Denver, Colorado. When not making or editing photographs, she'll will be found riding her mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains of south central Alaska. Raup can be reached at araup@adn.com.

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Jerry Redfern ('12-'13) is a full-time freelance photojournalist. Since 2001 his emphasis has been on environmental and social issues in Southeast Asia. His work has included child labor in Cambodia and the aftermath of American bombs in Laos. His photos have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Der Spiegel, among others. He has contributed to four book projects, is a fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and has worked as a news photographer in the West. He has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Montana.

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Bruce Ritchie ('97-'98) is a senior writer covering growth and the environment for The Florida Tribune, which launched in March 2009. He also is editor of FloridaEnvironments.com, which covers growth and environmental issues from Florida's capital.

Bruce previously covered growth and the environment for the Tallahassee Democrat from 2000 to 2008 and for the Gainesville Sun from 1993 to 1997. He has extensively covered water wars among Alabama, Florida and Georgia, Florida's revision of its growth management laws, coastal development, and nitrate pollution in groundwater and in springs at Florida's state parks.

In June 2006, he co-wrote a three-day series on the threats to Florida's springs. The Tallahassee Democrat received a first-place award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for outstanding reporting on the series. In 2001, his series on competing water needs along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system in 2001 was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Ritchie can be reached at brucebritchie@gmail.com.

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Liz Ruskin ('04-'05) is a freelancer in Tokyo, Japan. Before moving overseas, she was the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Anchorage Daily News where she covered Alaska issues in the nation's capital including the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and logging in the Tongass National Forest. She began her career at Homer (Alaska) News. She has been a National Press Foundation Paul Miller Fellow and has won two Best of the West reporting awards and numerous Alaska Press Club awards. Ruskin has a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's in political science from the University of Washington. She can be reached at liz.ruskin@gmail.com.

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Christine Shenot ('97-'98) is working in a variety of capacities to promote sustainability, with a particular focus on walkability, transit-oriented development (TOD) and urban agriculture in her home state of Maryland. In addition to freelance writing on these topics, she serves as an associate with TND Planning Group, a Baltimore-based planning firm that works with communities in Maryland and other states to promote integrated land use and transportation planning and innovative civic engagement strategies. Shenot has helped the firm develop its Envision Baltimore initiative with a weekly newsletter and blog promoting sustainable community design and development. She also helps plan and facilitate public workshops and visioning sessions to promote sustainable community design and development, working with both TND Planning Group and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (http://www.walklive.org/.) She can be reached at cshenot@yahoo.com

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Andrew Silva ('04-'05) is the environment and transportation reporter at The Sun in San Bernardino, Calif. He covers a wide range of issues and has reported in-depth on water pollution, air pollution, the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, desert ecology and the bark beetle crisis in the San Bernardino National Forest. He has also written a column on transportation issues for the paper, a hot topic in his rapidly growing region. Prior to joining The Sun's staff, Silva covered government beats at newspapers in Palm Springs, Riverside and Anaheim. An award-winning writer, he was most recently recognized in 2003 by the California Newspaper Association for a first-place environmental story, and by the Inland Empire Society of Professional Journalists with first place stories in the science and environment categories. Silva has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. Contact Silva at aesilva4@earthlink.net.

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Jerd Smith ('06-'07) is a writer and editor who specializes in land, water and climate issues. She was an award-winning environmental and business reporter at the Rocky Mountain News prior to its closure in early 2009. She led a team of journalists who covered the science, money, politics and ecology of water in Colorado from 2002-2005. During that time, her team won awards from the Colorado Press Association, the American Planning Association and the University of Colorado's Wirth Chair Media Award for Environmental Coverage. Smith and two colleagues also won Stanford University's 2005 Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism for a five-part series titled "The Last Drop." She holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Evansville in Indiana and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Smith can be reached at jerd.e.smith@gmail.com.

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Joseph Sorrentino ('07-'08) is working as the Development Assistant for the nonprofit Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles doing grant writing and media relations. The center champions the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation. Sorrentino has used his journalism experience to inform the media of the center's high impact cases, including a lawsuit against a California school district for preventing a boy with severe autism from bringing his service dog to school, and class action case brought against the city of Los Angeles to address the city's lack of adequate disaster planning for people with disabilities.

He was formerly managing editor of the Orange County Reporter, San Diego Commerce and Riverside Business Journal in his hometown of Los Angeles. He has covered topics including contaminated industrial "brownfields" in Los Angeles and the growing number of women and children on the city's Skid Row. He has a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of California Riverside. Sorrentino can be reached at jhsorren@aol.com.

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Greg Stahl ('05-'06) is a reporter, editor and photographer who has focused on the politics, people, ecology and economy of the Rocky Mountain West for more than 12 years. Stahl concentrated his fellowship studies in CU's School of Law, with a particular focus on water law, public land law and natural resources law. Before his current position as assistant policy director with Boise-based Idaho Rivers United, he worked as senior editor at Sun Valley Magazine and as assistant editor at the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper in Ketchum, Idaho. As a reporter, he has been recognized with more than 50 awards for his writing and reporting by state and national organizations. His work—professional and otherwise—can be viewed at www.westernperspective.com. He can be contacted at grstahl@gmail.com.

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Jonathan Thompson ('11-'12) has spent most of his 16 years as a professional journalist covering environmental issues in the American West, and he continues to do so as a newly-named senior editor/writer for High Country News. He came to the fellowship from Berlin. Before moving to Germany, Thompson was editor-in-chief at the non-profit news organization, High Country News. During his time at HCN, the publication and its writers won dozens of awards, including the 2010 Hillman Prize and the 2010 Utne Reader Independent Press Award for Best Environmental Coverage. Before that, he owned and edited two publications in the tiny mountain town of Silverton, Colorado. Thompson has also been a bike mechanic and artisan baker. He has a B.A. in math and philosophy from St. Johns College in Santa Fe. He can be contacted at jonathanthompson70@gmail.com.

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Paul Tolme ('00-'01) Roving magazine journalist Paul Tolme has been busy learning and writing about the wildlife of the Northwest following his move to the oceanside hamlet of Trinidad, Calif., in 2006 after six years in Colorado. Tolme has recently penned articles about salmon, aleutian geese, oil spills and seabirds, black oystercatchers, Sierra bighorn sheep, extremeophiles and the creation of the National Landscape Conservation System. He has also worked to understand and explain the rapidly evolving renewable energy economy and its associated technologies, writing about the carbon offset market, geothermal power, ground-source heating and efficiency, hydrogen vehicles and smart grid technologies. Tolme's publication list includes National Wildlife, Defenders, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Wilderness, ClimateEdu, Ski, Hooked on the Outdoors, Mountain Gazette and FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), among others. Tolme spends much of the winter months exploring the mountains and ski destinations of the West as a contributor to Ski, for which he visited Aspen to write an account of the push to build the world's highest wind farm above Snowmass resort. He also traveled to Chile to write a breathless--literally--progress report on the construction of ALMA, the world's highest radio telescope at 16,500 feet in the Andes. Tolme's freelance work can be work can be seen at his website, www.journalistontheloose.com. Prior to launching his magazine career, Tolme was a staff writer for 10 years for the Associated Press, covering state legislatures, politics and the environment and outdoors beats in the New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Northern Virginia bureaus.

In 2010, National Wildlife will publish Paul's story on "The Myth of Clean Natural Gas," a subject Paul studied while traveling throughout Colorado's Piceance Basin to view the effects on the landscape, water and wildlife due to the nation's growing desire for natural gas. While burning natural gas does indeed pump less CO2 into the atmosphere than coal, the toxic legacy of spoiled groundwater due to hydraulic fracturing fluids shows that gas is hardly clean as it is extracted today. "Switching to gas from coal is like telling a smoker to switch to light cigarettes from unfiltereds," he says. It's slightly better but still dreadfully harmful. Paul's other big adventure for 2010 is a trip to Midway Island to report on a National Wildlife story about the Marine National Monument System, which consists of many remote and often uninhabited islands and atolls in the Pacific. Due to their remoteness and lack of human habitation, these islands have some of the world's healthiest coral reef ecosystems and they are also vital breeding grounds for seabirds. An avid cyclists who rarely drives his car, Tolme has also begun working in bicycling advocacy by producing web videos and content for several bike companies.

He can be reached at ptolme@gmail.com.

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Jonny Waldman ('10-'11) is working on his first book, about rust, to be published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster. A former East-coaster who studied at Dartmouth and Boston University, he now lives in Boulder, CO, and owns a canoe and a chainsaw. He's worked at two science museums, fact-checked at two magazines, and contributed to one NPR show, one online journalism startup (funded by Gannett), one artsy book, and two PBS documentaries. He's also written for McSweeney’s, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Outside magazine, and High Country News. His website is goatlessproductions.com.

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Chris Welsch ('08-'09) is an editor at the International Herald Tribune, the
global edition of the New York Times, in Paris. He continues to
photograph and write about trees.  Contact Welsch at
photocw@gmail.com.

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Andrea Welsh ('05-'06) After a decade in journalism, Andrea Welsh now works on climate and carbon policy issues in Washington, DC. She is currently outreach manager for the VCS Program, one of the most widely used programs for accounting for carbon credits in voluntary markets. As outreach director, Welsh develops online and print communication strategies and materials to engage a range of global policy makers and carbon market participants. Previously Welsh worked as international media director for Environmental Defense Fund, where she influenced media coverage of international climate talks. Before that she worked as environmental correspondent for Reuters in Brasilia, writing about Brazil's role in global climate talks and its efforts to slow Amazon destruction while easing poverty in the rainforest. In her decade as a journalist, Welsh covered economic, political, environmental and social issues as a correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires in Mexico, Chile and Brazil. She also covered international energy markets for Petroleum Argus, a trade publication covering the politics and economics of the global oil trade. Welsh holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master's in Latin American studies and communications from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact Welsh at andreawelsh@yahoo.com.

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Dan Whipple ('97-'98) is the editor of the Natural Hazards Observer, published by the University of Colorado's Natural Hazards Center. Most of his non-work writing is directed toward literary efforts—he's completed one novel and has two others in the works. His 2002 novel, "Click," published by the University Press of Colorado, was one of three finalists for the Colorado Book Award and was selected as a "best mystery" that year by the Rocky Mountains News. He is currently residing most of the year in Nairobi, Kenya, with occasional extended stays in Boulder. He's married to Kathleen Bogan, who is the group design editor for East Africa's Nation Media Group—hence the Nairobi address. In Kenya, he is serving as a volunteer editorial consultant to the Kibera Mirror, a start-up newspaper covering underreported news in Africa's largest slum. Reach Whipple at dan.whipple@colorado.edu or dswhipple@gmail.com

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Nadia White ('04-'05) is an assistant professor at the University of Montana's School of Journalism. Prior to her fellowship, she was state editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, where she oversaw development of statewide news through bureaus across Wyoming and in Washington, D.C. She currently teaches a variety of classes including advanced reporting, sports reporting and environmental reporting. Her environmental reporting class last spring provided live blog and Twitter coverage of the criminal prosecution of W.R. Grace Co. on charges including knowingly endangering the people of Libby, Mont., through the mining of asbestos- contaminated ore. The project was a groundbreaking use of new media coverage using old media values. White has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's in psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She can be reached at white_nadia@hotmail.com.

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Florence Williams ('07-'08)
Florence Williams is a freelance writer and a contributing editor for Outside Magazine. She writes regularly for Slate and is working on a book about the environmental health of breasts for W.W. Norton, due out in May 2012. She is also a board member for High Country News where she worked as a staff writer. Her work is now focused on toxins, endocrine disruptors and environmental health. She has earned awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and other organizations. Williams has a bachelor's degree in English from Yale University and a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Montana. Williams can be reached through her website at www.florencewilliams.com.

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David Wilson ('02-'03) lives in Boulder, Colorado. After ten years of journalism work, David changed career paths in 2005. Inspired in part through the courses he took while a Scripps Fellow, David decided to go to law school. Today, he works as a patent attorney at Holland & Hart LLP. He has also worked in Denver at one of the nation's leading intellectual property firms, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he worked with inventors, drafting patent applications based on their inventions, and get the applications issued as patents, both in the U.S. and internationally. He works with numerous clients including several local companies that focus on alternative energy and smart grid technologies.

David studied law at the University of Colorado, where he continued to develop his interest in federal Indian law. During law school, David had the opportunity to study more under Charles Wilkinson, Sarah Krakoff and Rick Collins. David also was editor-in-chief of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law. He received the Silicon Flatirons Writing Competition Award in 2008 for his paper "Weaving the Navajo.Net: Advanced Telecommunications Services, Cultural Adaptation, and the Navajo Nation's "Internet to the Hogan"Technology Plan." The article was published in volume 7 of the JTHTL.

During David's journalism career, he freelanced as a radio producer focusing on science and environmental issues. He produced more than 100 news stories and documentaries that have appeared on programs such as "Soundprint," "Marketplace," "Living on Earth," "High Plains News" and "Pacifica Network News," as well as on Boulder's community radio station, KGNU. In 2005, he worked as a capitol reporter, providing daily news coverage of the Colorado state legislature for 12 community radio stations in Colorado. He was previously managing producer at Alternative Radio after several years filing in as substitute news and public affairs director for KGNU. His "Exploring the Universe" program was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Whitaker Award for best radio documentary series in 2000.

David taught both mathematics and journalism at the University of Colorado, along with overseeing KGNU's training program. David holds both a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a juris doctorate from the University of Colorado and earned both a bachelor's and master's in physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. David continues to keep a hand in radio as a member of KGNU's board of directors, along with being involved with CU's Silicon Flatirons telecommunications program. David also regularly hosts KGNU's Kabaret, featuring local musicians, which airs each Monday from 7 to 8pm. David may be reached at david.wilson@colorado.edu

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Ted Wood ('01-'02) is an award-winning photojournalist, who specializes in natural history and environmental stories. He wrote, "I am now an officially censored photojournalist in Wyoming!!" The project he started during his Ted Scripps Fellowship on the coal-bed methane boom in Wyoming bore fruit, as well as notoriety, for Wood. An exhibit of his photos opened in early 2007 at the gallery of the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming's Powder River basin. The show, "The New Gold Rush: Images of Coalbed Methane," which featured his work and that of three other photographers, was scheduled to travel to the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming's largest museum. But after pressure from the energy industry, the museum cancelled the show. This created a huge press interest, says Wood, and the effort backfired. The show is now booked two years out, and will travel throughout the Rockies and to the coasts. Recent projects have included shoots for Vanity Fair, Outdoor Life and The Nature Conservancy Magazine, the latter spread part of a story on a cooperative bison ranch in South Dakota. Wood also shot a February 2003 feature story by Jim Robbins in the Los Angeles Times Magazine on environmental impacts of coal-bed methane extraction in Wyoming, the subject of Wood's fellowship project. He traveled to Mongolia in the summer of 2003, where he and Institute on the Environment alum Jeremy Schmidt are launching a nonprofit venture called Conservation Ink. The organization will develop interpretive publications for national parks and ecological preserves in third world countries that are financially unable to produce support materials on their own. Wood took a group of patrons on a trip to Hovsgol National Park in Mongolia in association with the project, which is funded with a grant from National Geographic magazine. He headed back to Mongolia in July 2007, where he put the final touches on a second set of map/guides and postcards to promote responsible tourism in Mongolia's national parks. He is also an author/photographer of nine children's books that feature nature and environmental themes. He has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. His work can be seen on his Web site. Contact Wood at twood@thestorygroup.org.

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