InsideClimate News Staff

David Sassoon

Founder & Publisher

David Sassoon is the founder and publisher of InsideClimate News, the non-partisan and non-profit news organization that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2013. He has been a writer, editor and publisher for 25 years, involved with public interest issues: human rights, cultural preservation, healthcare, education and the environment. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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Vernon Loeb

Vernon Loeb

Executive Editor

Vernon Loeb is the executive editor at InsideClimate News. He joined ICN from The Atlantic, where he was politics editor, after a newspaper career as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He was California investigations editor at the Los Angeles Times, deputy managing editor for news at The Philadelphia Inquirer, metro editor at The Washington Post, and managing editor at the Houston Chronicle.  He began his reporting career at the Inquirer covering the Delaware legislature and became the newspaper's Southeast Asia correspondent, which took him to Beijing during the Tiananmen Square uprising. Later, as Pentagon correspondent at the Post, he covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On his watch, the Inquirer was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting, the Times was a finalist in investigative reporting, and the Chronicle won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was twice a finalist for public service and breaking news. 

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Erica Goode

Erica Goode

Managing Editor

Erica Goode is the managing editor at InsideClimate News. She founded and was the editor for the first environment/climate reporting group at The New York Times, and later covered climate change as a reporter. In 18 years at The Times, she also served as an assistant science editor, covered the war in Iraq, was a national correspondent and covered psychiatry and psychology as the paper's human behavior writer. Before joining the Times, she was an assistant managing editor at U.S. News and World Report, editing themagazine's Science and Society section. She has taught environmental journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and before joining ICN spent a year as Senior Story Editor at the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times. She's a former AAAS Science Writing fellow, and a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

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Michael Kodas

Michael Kodas

Senior Editor

Michael Kodas, of Boulder, Colorado, is the author of Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame, which won the 2018 Colorado Book Award for General Nonfiction and was named one of the 20 best nonfiction books of 2017 by Amazon. He is also the author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, which was named Best Non-Fiction in USA Book News' National Best Books Awards of 2008 and was the subject of a question on the game show Jeopardy!. He is the former Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. As a photojournalist at The Hartford Courant he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage in 1999. He has also been honored with awards from the Pictures of Year International competition, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition and the National Press Photographers Association. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, Newsweek, the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War and many other print, online and broadcast outlets.

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David Hasemyer

David Hasemyer

Senior Correspondent, San Diego

InsideClimate News reporter David Hasemyer is co-author of the "Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of," which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and co-authored the 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist series "Exxon: The Road Not Taken." Prior to joining ICN, Hasemyer had an award-wining tenure at The San Diego Union-Tribune as an investigative reporter. Hasemyer's newspaper work has been recognized by the Associated Press, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He also has been a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice and Human Rights. He can be reached at PGP key:


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Marianne Lavelle

Politics Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Marianne Lavelle is a reporter for InsideClimate News. She has covered environment, science, law, and business in Washington, D.C. for more than two decades. She has won the Polk Award, the Investigative Editors and Reporters Award, and numerous other honors. Lavelle spent four years as online energy news editor and writer at National Geographic. She also has worked at U.S. News and World Report magazine and The National Law Journal. While there, she led the award-winning 1992 investigation, "Unequal Protection," on the disparity in environmental law enforcement against polluters in minority and white communities.

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Georgina Gustin

Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Georgina Gustin is a Washington-based reporter who has covered food policy, farming and the environment for more than a decade. She started her journalism career at The Day in New London, Conn., then moved to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she launched the "food beat," covering agriculture, biotech giant Monsanto and the growing "good food" movement.  At CQ Roll Call, she covered food, farm and drug policy and the intersections between federal regulatory agencies and Congress.  Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and National Geographic's The Plate, among others. 

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Sabrina Shankman

Sabrina Shankman

Arctic Reporter, Maine

Sabrina Shankman is a reporter for InsideClimate News focusing on the Arctic. She joined ICN in the fall of 2013, after helping produce documentaries and interactives for the PBS show "Frontline" since 2010 with 2over10 Media. She is the author of the ICN book "Meltdown: Terror at the Top of the World," and was named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for that work. Shankman has a Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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Nicholas Kusnetz

Reporter, New York City

Nicholas Kusnetz is a reporter for InsideClimate News. Before joining ICN, he worked at Center for Public Integrity and ProPublica. His work has won numerous awards, including from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including The Washington Post, Businessweek, The Nation, Fast Company and The New York Times.

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Phil McKenna

Reporter, Boston

Phil McKenna is a Boston-based reporter for InsideClimate News. Before joining ICN in 2016, he was a freelance writer covering energy and the environment for publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon and WIRED. Uprising, a story he wrote about gas leaks under U.S. cities, won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the 2014 NASW Science in Society Award. Phil has a master's degree in science writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was an Environmental Journalism Fellow at Middlebury College.

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James Bruggers

James Bruggers

Reporter, Southeast, National Environment Reporting Network

James Bruggers covers the U.S. Southeast, part of ICN's National Environment Reporting Network. He previously covered energy and the environment for Louisville's Courier Journal, where he worked as a correspondent for USA Today and was a member of the USA Today Network environment team. Before moving to Kentucky in 1999, Bruggers worked as a journalist in Montana, Alaska, Washington and California. Bruggers' work has won numerous recognitions, including best beat reporting, Society of Environmental Journalists, and the National Press Foundation's Thomas Stokes Award for energy reporting. He served on the board of directors of the SEJ for 13 years, including two years as president. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Christine Bruggers.

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Dan Gearino

Clean Energy Reporter, Midwest, National Environment Reporting Network

Dan Gearino covers the U.S. Midwest, part of ICN's National Environment Reporting Network. His coverage deals with the business side of the clean-energy transition and he writes ICN's Inside Clean Energy newsletter. He came to ICN in 2018 after a nine-year tenure at The Columbus Dispatch, where he covered the business of energy and won state and national awards for his work, including from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the National Headliner Awards. Before that, he covered politics and business in his native Iowa and in New Hampshire, working as a newspaper reporter and an occasional radio correspondent. He grew up in Warren County, Iowa, just south of Des Moines, and is an alumnus of Macalester College in St. Paul. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and two daughters. Reach Dan at

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Judy Fahys

Mountain West Reporter

Judy Fahys has reported on the West for decades from Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City. After covering the environment, politics and business at the Salt Lake Tribune, she fell in love with audio storytelling as the environment and public lands reporter for NPR Utah/KUER. Previously, she spent an academic year as a Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, High Country News and Outside magazine and aired on NPR. She serves on the board of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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Kristoffer Tigue

News Reporter

Kristoffer Tigue is a news reporter for InsideClimate News. Before joining ICN, he covered both politics and business in the Midwest and in New York City. His work has been published in Reuters, CNBC, MinnPost and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Tigue holds a master's degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Paul Horn

Paul Horn

Graphics Journalist

Paul Horn has been supporting ICN reporters' stories with infographics, locator maps, charts, diagrams and illustrations since 2012. He brings an award-winning, 27-year pedigree to the table, featuring long tenures at Reno Gazette-Journal, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Copley News Service/Creators Syndicate and Infographic World.

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Anna Belle Peevey

Video Producer, New York City

Anna Belle is a New York City-based videographer and producer. Before joining ICN, she worked on projects ranging from an exposé with Bill Moyers to PBS FRONTLINE investigations. She has filmed and produced for the New York Times and Al Jazeera English, among others. She co-produced a four-part science series for PBS with a grant from the National Science Foundation, where she reported in the slums of India and the trout streams of rural Pennsylvania, looking at the ways smart technologies have aided in the collection of scientific data. She has her master's from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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Megan Boyle

Director of Development and Marketing

Megan Boyle is director of development and marketing for InsideClimate News. Prior to joining ICN, she served as vice president for marketing and communications for Yellowstone Forever, where oversaw strategic marketing, fundraising, and digital initiatives. She also served as executive director of marketing and communications at Pepperdine University, leading marketing and communications initiatives including editorial strategy, social media, public and media relations, advertising, and web. She earned her master's degree in English literature from the University of Edinburgh and her bachelor's degree in English, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.

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Katelyn Weisbrod

Katelyn Weisbrod

Web Producer

Katelyn Weisbrod is a web producer for InsideClimate News based in Minnesota. She joined the team in January 2020 after graduating from the University of Iowa with Bachelor's degrees in journalism and environmental science. Katelyn previously reported from Kerala, India, as a Pulitzer Center student fellow, and worked for over four years at the University of Iowa's student newspaper, The Daily Iowan. She can be reached at

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Ilana Cohen

Ilana Cohen


Ilana Cohen is a proud New Yorker and a rising junior at Harvard University studying philosophy and social studies. As a college freshman, she helped relaunch the fossil fuel divestment campaign on Harvard's campus and she currently serves as an Associate Managing Editor of the Harvard Political Review, for which she has written and edited numerous pieces on climate and environmental issues. As a freelance journalist, Ilana has contributed to The Nation, The Guardian, The New York Daily News, WBUR, Gotham Gazette, The Harvard Crimson and City Limits. 

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Julia Kane

Julia Kane


Julia Kane is currently pursuing her master's at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is focusing on narrative writing and investigative reporting. Prior to attending Berkeley, Julia served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. She spent four years at sea, serving aboard ships based in Honolulu, Hawaii and Key West, Florida, and two years as the military aide to a flag officer in Alameda, California. She graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering. 

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Jonathan Moens

Jonathan Moens


Jonathan Moens is a reporter for InsideClimate News and a graduate student at NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. Before moving to New York, Jonathan obtained a master's degree in cognitive sciences at University College London, where he studied human perception. His work has appeared in outlets including Yale E360, Atlas Obscura and The Correspondent, where he writes about topics at the intersection of environment, culture and psychology. 

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Leto Sapunar

Leto Sapunar


Leto Sapunar is a science journalist and graduate student at NYU's Science Health and Environmental Reporting Program. From Oregon, he studied physics at Oregon State University and taught astronomy in California prior to moving to New York. He interned with Retraction Watch where he covered science accountability, and has written for Scientific American, Medscape Medical News, and Alpinist. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, science fiction and tea.

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Contributors & Consultants

Clark Hoyt

Contributing Editor
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