Published: Aug. 20, 2019

2019 Fellows

A new class of fellows will dig into issues ranging from water scarcity to the environmental impact of meat production through the University of Colorado Boulder’s Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism program.

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The Center for Environmental Journalism, which hosts the Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, focuses on student education, professional development of working journalists as well as producing and supporting environmental journalism.

The centerpiece of programs for working journalists is the Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism.

The five fellows selected for the 2019-20 class include nationally-known authors, as well as magazine and radio journalists. Their work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio and more.

“More than 100 top-notch journalists have participated in the Scripps Fellowships since the inception of the program in 1997,” said Tom Yulsman, director of the Center for Environmental Journalism.  “And we’re thrilled to welcome five more to the family.”

For over two decades, the fellowship program, now housed in the College of Media, Communication and Information, has brought working journalists to campus for a full academic year, providing them with opportunities to expand their knowledge and capacity to report on critical environmental stories of the day.

The fellowships are named after the late Ted Scripps, grandson of the founder of the Scripps Howard media company. The program is funded by a grant from his daughter, Cindy Scripps, through the Scripps Howard Foundation.

This year’s fellows plan to explore issues related to the environmental implications from meat production, the impact of insect infestation on agriculture, water scarcity, fossil fuel dependence and other climate change-related projects.

More on the 2019-20 fellows:

  • Sarah Craig has reported about climate migration, water scarcity and water quality issues in California’s Central Valley as a radio journalist and documentary photographer. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Grist and the Bay Area’s KQED. 

  • Joe Fassler was the deputy editor of The New Food Economy, an independent nonprofit newsroom covering the economics, politics and culture of food. He has also been a longtime contributor to The Atlantic’s “By Heart” series.

  • Antonia Juhasz is the author of three books: Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill, The Tyranny of Oil and The Bush Agenda. Her reporting on the fossil fuel industry has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, L.A. Times, Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, and The Atlantic, among other outlets. 

  • Jori Lewis has reported on science, the environment, agriculture and sustainable development as an independent journalist based in Senegal. Her work has been published in Discover Magazine, Pacific Standard and Hakai magazine, among others. 

  • Sharon Udasin was a reporter for The Jerusalem Post in Israel, where her pieces on water politics, the natural gas sector and renewable energy earned her a Pratt Prize for Excellence in Israeli environmental journalism.