Sarah Craig is an award-winning radio journalist and documentary photographer. She has worked for Gimlet Media, KALW Public Radio and KQED Public Radio in San Francisco and reports on topics such as climate change, immigration, and health. Her work has been supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation, the California Humanities, and the Society for Environmental Journalists to report on climate migration and issues of water quality and quantity in California’s Central Valley. While she is a Scripps Fellow, she will build off this work and study the role of climate change on migration patterns, both domestically as well as internationally. Sarah has received numerous awards for her work, including a 2017 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society for Professional Journalists as well as the 2017 Untold Story Award from Narratively to report on the inability of Marshallese immigrants to access healthcare in the U.S. She is also a 2018 Climate Solutions Reporting Fellow as part of the New Economies Reporting Project. Her work has been published by NPR’s Morning Edition, Marketplace, KQED, KALW, KCRW, High Country News, Water Deeply, and others. She received a B.A. in Geography from Vassar College and studied at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.
Joe Fassler is deputy editor of The New Food Economy, an independent nonprofit newsroom covering the economics, politics, and culture of food. A former 11th Hour Food and Farming Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, his work has appeared in publications like Longreads, Smithsonian Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, and Catapult, and his reporting has twice been a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award in Journalism. As a longtime contributor to TheAtlantic.com, he also edits “By Heart,” a series of interviews about literary influence and the way writers face creative challenges. The column formed the basis for his book, Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Creative Process (Penguin, 2017), which has been translated into five languages.
As a Scripps fellow, Joe will study the environmental implications of a range of approaches to meat production—from grain-based feedlots to regenerative ranching and emerging technologies like cell- cultured meat—with an eye towards each method's economic and social consequences. He's excited to spend a year in close proximity to both the Center for Environmental Journalism and the rangelands of Colorado.
Antonia Juhasz is an award-winning energy analyst, author and investigative journalist specializing in oil. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, CNN.com, The Advocate, The Atlantic, Grist, The Guardian, High Country News, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, and Pacific Standard Magazine, among many others. She was a 2017 Yale University Poynter Fellow in Journalism and a 2012-2013 Investigative Journalism Fellow of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is the author of three books: Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (Wiley 2011), The Tyranny of Oil (HarperCollins 2008), and The Bush Agenda (HarperCollins 2006). She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University. Antonia founded and runs the (Un)Covering Oil Investigative Reporting Program, funded by the Society of Environmental Journalists. Her Harper’s Magazine feature article “30 Million Gallons Under the Sea” appears in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016. Reporting from the frontlines of fossil fuels and climate change, her investigations have taken her from a mile below the ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico to the rainforests of the Ecuadoran Amazon, from the deserts of Afghanistan to the fracking fields of North Dakota, from the Alaskan Arctic to the oiled beaches of Santa Barbara, and many more places in between.
As a Scripps Fellow, Antonia will be working on her next book, tentatively titled The End of Oil. She will investigate an epic global confrontation underway, centered on oil, by tracking the activities of two groups: those working to transition away from fossil fuels and those seeking to maintain them as the world’s dominant resource.
Jori Lewis is an independent journalist who writes about science, the environment, agriculture and sustainable development. She was born in downstate Illinois, studied anthropology at the University of Chicago, and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2011-2012, she was a fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs where she wrote about food systems and agriculture in Senegal, and she has been based in that country ever since. Jori’s work has appeared in Discover Magazine, Pacific Standard, Hakai, PRI’s The World and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. She is currently finishing her first book, Slaves for Peanuts (The New Press), a narrative history that tells the captivating story of how peanut agriculture supported the rise and fall of slavery in nineteenth-century West Africa.
During her Scripps fellowship, Jori plans to study how insect infestations have shaped and altered agriculture throughout history, including how land use changes, agricultural methods, changes in climate, and global trade contributed to and complicated infestations.
Sharon Udasin is an independent journalist who has extensively covered environmental issues in Israel and the surrounding region, with a particular focus on water politics, the natural gas sector, and renewable energy. After launching her career as a staff writer at The New York Jewish Week, Sharon spent many years as the environment and energy reporter at The Jerusalem Post in Israel and later moved on to a science writing position at the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to lecturing extensively on the region’s environmental concerns, Sharon has often appeared as an expert on these subjects in both local and international broadcast media. She received a Pratt Prize for Environmental Journalism – Israel’s highest honor in the sector – in recognition of her comprehensive work. Sharon comes to the University of Colorado with a passion for learning, having earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School.
As a Scripps fellow, Sharon intends to analyze the potential of water swaps and desalination as a purveyor of regional stability. She will explore the Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian case as a model for other tense, yet increasingly thirsty, border zones, such as the US-Mexican beneficiaries of the Colorado River Basin. Ultimately, she hopes to understand whether the environmental and political benefits of pursuing such complex infrastructural projects outweigh the enormous financial and unintended ecological costs.