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Susan White

Susan White was the first senior editor hired by the investigative news organization ProPublica where she worked from 2008 until 2011. She was an editor on the project that brought ProPublica its first Pulitzer Prize in 2010, about a New Orleans hospital stranded by flooding during Hurricane Katrina. She also edited ProPublica’s coverage of natural gas drilling, which won a George Polk Award and other national honors.

Before joining ProPublica White spent 14 years at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where she was an editor on the Pulitzer Prize-winning reports that sent former U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham to prison. She also edited a project on immigration that was a 2004 Pulitzer finalist. At the Union-Tribune, White was the newspaper’s writing coach, enterprise editor and U.S.-Mexico border editor.

You can reach her by email at susan.white@insideclimatenews.org


Exxon Oil Spill Could Be 40% Larger Than Company Estimates, EPA Figures Show

If EPA’s highest number of 7,000 barrels turns out to be correct, the Ark. spill would be roughly a third the size of Michigan's 2010 dilbit disaster.

Apr 5, 2013

Since ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured and leaked Canadian oil across an Arkansas suburb a week ago, the company has maintained that only "a few thousand barrels" spilled at the site.

"We've had no reason to change that at this stage," Exxon spokesman Charles Engelmann told InsideClimate News on Friday.

InsideClimate News Reporter Threatened With Arrest at Ark. Oil Spill Site

ExxonMobil said Lisa Song would be charged with criminal trespass if she didn’t leave the command center where federal authorities are working.

Apr 5, 2013

InsideClimate News reporter Lisa Song was threatened with arrest on Wednesday after she entered the command center for the cleanup operation in Mayflower, Ark., where a major oil pipeline spill occurred on Friday.

Song went to the command center in hopes of reaching representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. She had been told they were working out of the command center, but had been unable to get their names or contact information despite multiple requests to the agencies.

Thousands of barrels of oil from Alberta's tar sands region—similar to the diluted bitumen that would flow through the controversial Keystone XL project—spilled into a residential neighborhood from a pipeline owned by ExxonMobil, forcing the evacuation of 22 homes. Those families are now being housed in hotels at Exxon's expense.