Our Staff

We operate the largest climate-focused newsroom in the country. This is the team that makes it happen.

David Sassoon, Founder & Publisher

David Sassoon is the founder and publisher of Inside Climate News. He has been a writer, editor and publisher for 30 years, involved with public interest issues: human rights, cultural preservation, healthcare, education and the environment. In 2003 he began researching the business case for climate action for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. BusinessWeek used that research to help it rank the Top Ten Companies of the Decade for emissions reductions and to produce a multi-part project that examined how leading U.S. corporations were responding to climate change. As an outgrowth of his research, Sassoon founded a blog in 2007 which has grown and evolved into Inside Climate News. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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.

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.

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.

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 she 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.

Ally Korony

Ally Korony, Grants Officer

Ally Korony is the grants officer for Inside Climate News. Her previous fundraising experience includes roles with YWCA Central Carolinas and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (a NeighborWorks America affiliate), where she managed the grant writing and donor relations processes. Originally from Saranac Lake, New York, Ally currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut.

David Hasemyer

David Hasemyer, Reporter, San Diego

InsideClimate News reporter David Hasemyer is from the red rock country of Southeastern Utah where he grew up and learned to appreciate the importance responsible stewardship of the environment.  He 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. PGP key: http://ow.ly/iEHN3089Gqg

Marianne Lavelle, 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 spearheaded a project on climate lobbying for the nonprofit journalism organization, the Center for Public Integrity. 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. Lavelle received her master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is a graduate of Villanova University.

Georgina Gustin, Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Georgina Gustin covers agriculture for Inside Climate News, and has reported on the intersections of farming, food systems and the environment for much of her journalism career.  Her work has won numerous awards, including the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism and the Glenn Cunningham Agricultural Journalist of the Year, which she shared with Inside Climate News colleagues. She has worked as a reporter for The Day in New London, Conn., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and CQ Roll Call, and her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and National Geographic’s The Plate, among others. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Sabrina Shankman

Sabrina Shankman, Reporter, Maine

Sabrina Shankman is a reporter for InsideClimate News focusing on the Arctic. She joined InsideClimate in the fall of 2013, after helping produce documentaries and interactives for the PBS show “Frontline” since 2010 with 2over10 Media. She worked as a co-producer, field producer or associate producer on the Frontline films League of Denial (2013); Money, Power and Wall Street (2012); A Perfect Terrorist (2011); Dr. Hotspots (2011) and Law and Disorder (2010). In 2012, she produced the online interactive A Perfect Terrorist: David Coleman Headley’s Web of Betrayal, which won an Overseas Press Club of America award. She is the author of Meltdown: Terror at the Top of the World. She has also reported for ProPublica, the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. Her work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists, and she was named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists in 2010 and again in 2015. Shankman has a Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Nicholas Kusnetz, Reporter, New York City

Nicholas Kusnetz is a reporter for InsideClimate News. Before joining ICN, he worked at the 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. You can reach Nicholas at nicholas.kusnetz@insideclimatenews.org and securely at nicholas.kusnetz@protonmail.com.

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.

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.

Dan Gearino, Clean Energy Reporter, Midwest, National Environment Reporting Network

Dan Gearino covers the midwestern United States, 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. Before that, he covered politics and business in Iowa and in New Hampshire. He grew up in Warren County, Iowa, just south of Des Moines, and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Judy Fahys

Judy Fahys, Reporter, Mountain West, National Environmental Reporting Network

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.

Kristoffer Tigue, Reporter, New York City

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.

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.

Katelyn Weisbrod

Katelyn Weisbrod, Web Producer

Katelyn Weisbrod is a web producer for Inside Climate 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.

Julia Kane

Julia Kane, Reporter, Berkeley, UC-Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program

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.

Agya K. Aning, Reporter

Agya K. Aning is a Roy W. Howard fellow at Inside Climate News focusing on environmental justice. He earned a master’s degree in investigative journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU in 2020. Before switching careers to journalism he taught English as a second language in China and Taiwan, where he also studied Mandarin. His work has appeared in the Arizona Republic, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, USA Today, Poynter and The Trace.

Katie Surma, Reporter, Phoenix

Katie Surma is a Roy W. Howard fellow at Inside Climate News focusing on environmental justice. Before joining ICN, she worked at the Chicago Tribune, the Arizona Republic and practiced law, specializing in commercial litigation and international rule of law. Katie has a master’s degree in investigative journalism from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, an LLM from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, a J.D. from Duquesne University, and was a History of Art and Architecture major at the University of Pittsburgh. Katie lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Jim Crowell.

Stacy Kim

Stacy Kim, Reporter, New York City

Stacy Kim is a fourth-year student at Baruch College where she is studying journalism and creative writing. She is the recipient of the Baruch Climate Scholars research scholarship, which has allowed her to engage in research on climate issues in developing countries, public policy and natural sciences. She also volunteers at Jesus Love House Mission, with the goal of empowering those who were cut off from society to see themselves as members of the community. Her desire to help people at a disadvantage stems from her goal of solving climate impacts on low-income people. Upon completion of her studies, she intends to apply to law school to further her knowledge of environmental law and become a lawyer who—on the side of the weak—provides nature standing at courts.