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New York Times Dismantles Its Environment Desk

Times says demise of the nine-person team, created in 2009, won't affect climate coverage.

Jan 11, 2013
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New York Times dismantles its environment desk

Bill Keller, the Times' former executive editor, created the environmental desk in 2009 and hired Erica Goode, now a national desk reporter covering criminal justice, as its editor. Sandy Keenan took over in April 2011 and is now being reassigned. Under their leadership, the desk has tackled complex and controversial subjects. In 2012, Justin Gillis won the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism with a 10-part series, "Temperatures Rising," showing the consequences of global warming. A few months before Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York City, a story by Mireya Navarro warned that the city was moving too slowly in its preparations for rising seas and increasingly severe storms. After the storm, Gillis and Felicity Barringer wrote a story questioning the wisdom of rebuilding coastal areas that are repeatedly destroyed by natural disasters.

Corrections: An earlier version of this story said that Sandy Keenan was hired as the environmental desk's first editor. Erica Goode, who now covers criminal justice for the Times, held that position. Keenan was appointed in 2011.

Glenn Kramon is an assistant managing editor at the Times, not managing editor.

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