Our Staff

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

Aman Azhar

Aman Azhar, Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Aman Azhar is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who covers environmental justice for Inside Climate News with focus on Baltimore-Maryland area. He has previously worked as a broadcast journalist and multimedia producer for the BBC World Service, VOA News and other international news organizations, reporting from London, Islamabad, the United Arab Emirates and New York. He holds a graduate degree in Anthropology of Media from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MA in Political Science from the University of the Punjab, and is the recipient of the Chevening scholarship from the UK government and an academic scholarship for graduate studies from the Australian government.

 

Bob Berwyn, Reporter, Austria

Bob Berwyn an Austria-based reporter who has covered climate science and international climate policy for more than a decade. Previously, he reported on the environment, endangered species and public lands for several Colorado newspapers, and also worked as editor and assistant editor at community newspapers in the Colorado Rockies.

Megan Boyle, Director of Development and Marketing

Megan Boyle is director of development and marketing for Inside Climate 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.

Daelin Brown

Daelin Brown, Fellow

Daelin Brown is an environmental justice fellow at Inside Climate News based in Philadelphia. She recently graduated from Hampton University as a Journalism major with an emphasis in creative writing. In the fall she will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology to get her Masters in Science Writing.

James Bruggers

James Bruggers, Reporter, Southeast, National Environment Reporting Network

James Bruggers covers the U.S. Southeast, part of Inside Climate News’ 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.

Leah Campbell

Leah Campbell, Fellow

Leah Campbell is a fellow at Inside Climate News based in Boston. She’s currently in MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing specializing in environmental and climate journalism. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina studying flood survivor advocacy, hazard mitigation planning and post-hurricane recovery. She also worked in the environmental nonprofit sector in California on citizen science projects and statewide policy around climate resilience and water quality. She’s all-but-dissertation in environmental planning and has a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University.

Aydali Campa

Aydali Campa, Reporter, Phoenix

Aydali Campa covers environmental justice as a Roy W. Howard investigative fellow at Inside Climate News. She grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and taught third and fourth grade in Oklahoma City before pursuing a master’s degree in investigative journalism from Arizona State University. As a bilingual reporter with experience in multimedia, she has covered education, Covid-19 and transborder issues. Her previous work can be seen in The Wall Street Journal, The Arizona Republic and Arizona PBS.

Alexis Durham

Alexis Durham, Fellow

Alexis Durham is a recent graduate from Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism. She specializes in video content creating, writing and speaking. Her hobbies include writing music and traveling.

Emma Merchant

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Fellow

Emma Foehringer Merchant is a journalist who has covered environmental issues ranging from disasters to wonky energy regulations to air pollution. She’s reported on the environment and energy for publications including The Boston Globe Magazine, The New Republic, Vice News, and Grist. Most recently, Emma covered clean energy as a staff writer for Greentech Media and helped alums of that organization form a new publication called Canary Media. She’s attending MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing and holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis from Pomona College, where she lived through a California drought while studying how climate change is impacting the state’s environment and people.

Ariel Gans

Ariel Gans

Ariel Gans is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in politics, policy and foreign affairs reporting. She received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Society & Environment from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in USA Today, OpenSecrets, Sierra Magazine, UPI and the Bay City Beacon.

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.

Erica Goode

Erica Goode, Associate Editor

Erica Goode served as the managing editor of Inside Climate News from 2020-2022 and continues her work now with ICN as an editor of special projects. She founded and led the first environment/climate reporting group at The New York Times in 2010, and later covered climate change as a reporter. In 18 years at The Times, she also served as the paper’s human behavior/mental health writer, covered the war in Iraq, and was a national correspondent covering criminal justice. Before joining the Times, she was an assistant managing editor and senior writer at U.S. News and World Report, and edited the magazine’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.

Liza Gross

Liza Gross, Reporter, West Coast, National Environmental Reporting Network

Liza Gross is a reporter for Inside Climate News based in Northern California. She is the author of The Science Writers’ Investigative Reporting Handbook and a contributor to The Science Writers’ Handbook, both funded by National Association of Science Writers’ Peggy Girshman Idea Grants. She has long covered science, conservation, agriculture, public and environmental health and justice with a focus on the misuse of science for private gain. Prior to joining ICN, she worked as a part-time magazine editor for the open-access journal PLOS Biology, a reporter for the Food & Environment Reporting Network and produced freelance stories for numerous national outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Discover and Mother Jones. Her work has won awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Society of Professional Journalists NorCal and Association of Food Journalists.

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.
Paul Horn

Paul Horn, Graphics Editor

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.

Samantha Hurley

Samantha Hurley, Fellow

Samantha Hurley is a student at the University of Georgia, studying journalism with a minor in Spanish. Samantha is also obtaining two certificates in New Media and Public Affairs Communications. She is an emerging journalist with previous experience in environmental advocacy. Her work appears across various mediums, as during the Covid-19 lockdowns she collaborated with leaders across the world to find creative ways to spread awareness about environmental concerns. Her passions include the intersection of climate change with the disabled community.

Derrick Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson, Consulting Editor, Justice

Derrick Z. Jackson is an award-winning journalist and author. He was the 2021 winner for Excellence in Opinion Writing in the Scripps Howard Awards for his coverage of systemic racism in the United States’ response to Covid-19 for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Grist. His book “The Puffin Plan,” that chronicled the restoration of puffins to the coast of Maine, co-written with Steve Kress, won the 2021 first-place Gold Award in Teen Nonfiction in the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards. He was a 2001 Pulitzer finalist “for his perceptive, versatile columns on such subjects as politics, education and race” for the Boston Globe. Jackson is a 10-time contest winner from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), most recently in 2017 for an essay on the late Muhammad Ali. Jackson is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 1976 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He holds three honorary degrees, from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Salem State University and the Episcopal Divinity School.

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.

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.

Nicholas Kusnetz, Reporter, New York City

Nicholas Kusnetz is a reporter for Inside Climate 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.

Marianne Lavelle, Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Marianne Lavelle is a reporter for Inside Climate 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.

Hannah Loss

Hannah Loss, Fellow

Hannah Loss is a journalist based in New York City and Boston with interests in ecology, infrastructure and agriculture. She is a graduate student at New York University’s Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program. Previously, she worked in science documentary and radio production and science conference programming. She studied environmental studies and English at Tufts University.

Vernon Loeb

Vernon Loeb, Executive Editor

Vernon Loeb is the executive editor of Inside Climate 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.

Julie Margolin

Julie Margolin, Fellow

Julie Margolin is a third-year Macaulay Honors student at Baruch College where she studies Statistics & Quantitative Modeling with minors in Business Law and Interdisciplinary New York City studies. She is a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow and a Baruch Climate Scholar, both giving her opportunities to engage in research endeavors and internships related to climate change. Most recently, she interned for the World Resources Institute conducting research on sustainable investing and physical climate risk. She also worked with the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research on a climate scenario extension project. Julie is passionate about solving the climate crisis, especially through sustainable business and financial practices. She hopes to work in climate finance or sustainability reporting upon graduation.

Anne Marshall-Chalmers, Reporter, Berkeley, Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program

Anne Marshall-Chalmers is a fellow from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism at Inside Climate News. She has spent much of her writing and reporting career in Kentucky and Tennessee but recently moved back home to California to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. Anne’s interests include agriculture, climate change, social justice and health. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, NPR, Atlas Obscura, Cal Matters, Nashville Public Radio and Louisville Magazine. Anne lives with her husband, two small children and a puppy named “Peaches” near Berkeley.

Phil McKenna, Reporter, Boston

Phil McKenna is a Boston-based reporter for Inside Climate 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.

Andrew Onodera

Andrew Onodera, Fellow

Andrew Onodera is a journalist based in Phoenix where he is a masters student at Arizona State University. He works at KPNX as an assignment editor and is on the leadership team at ASU’s student newspaper, The State Press. Previously, he worked for the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism where he investigated oil and gas industry emissions.

James Pothen, Fellow

James Pothen is a recent graduate of New York University (M.A.) where he studied multimedia journalism. He comes to Inside Climate News via the Dow Jones News Fund’s summer internship program. Before attending graduate school he worked at The New York Times, where he published his first major article. Pothen is interested in a career in investigative journalism. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.

Rachel Rodriguez

Rachel Rodriguez, Fellow

Rachel Rodriguez is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame (M. Sc.), where she studied the effects of climate change on boreal forest tree growth. During her time in academia, she wrote for student-run newspapers and developed a website to discuss her research as well as environmental news. Now, as a Mass Media Fellow through the Association for the Advancement of Science, she will be using her expertise in climate change research—and her passion for social justice—to report for ICN.

Sonya Ross

Sonya Ross, Managing Editor

Sonya Ross is the managing editor of Inside Climate News. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Black Women Unmuted, a media start-up that reports untold and under-told stories about Black women in the U.S.

Sonya launched BWU in 2019 after a 33-year career at The Associated Press that took her on assignment to 48 countries and all 50 states. She became The AP’s first Black woman White House reporter in 1995 and, in 1999, the first Black woman elected to the board of the White House Correspondents Association. Sonya was the print pool reporter aboard Air Force One with President George W. Bush as he was evacuated during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, also a historic first.

An Atlanta native, Sonya began her career in 1985, studying for her B.A. in journalism by day at Georgia State University, and working as a library clerk for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper at night. The AP hired her as an intern in 1986 and quickly moved her into political reporting. Sonya distinguished herself covering the Georgia Legislature, the 1988 Democratic National Convention, Maynard Jackson’s 1989 comeback mayoral bid and the 1990 Georgia governor’s race between Zell Miller and Andrew Young. She joined AP’s Washington-based national reporting staff after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, covering civil rights and urban affairs. Beyond reporting roles, Sonya was an editor for AP on foreign affairs and national security, and domestic regional coverage. In 2010, she established specialty race & ethnicity coverage for AP that, over the next nine years, transformed the media’s approach to gathering news for and about people of color.

In 2018, Sonya was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame. She was the founding chair of the political reporting task force for the National Association of Black Journalists, serving from 2010-2019. She currently serves on the boards of the Journalism & Women’s Symposium, the Washington Press Club Foundation, the SPJ Foundation and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Fund, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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.

Erin Schulte

Erin Schulte, Senior Editor for Networks and Partnerships

Erin Schulte is an editor and writer based in Washington, D.C. Before coming to Inside Climate News, she was a senior editor at Fast Company and at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, and was a reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, covering the U.S. equities market for WSJ.com. She was also the executive editor for Huge, the Brooklyn-based digital agency. She began her career as a city hall reporter at The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, and has also worked at newspapers in Nebraska, Washington, Michigan, and Iowa. She served for three years on the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, the Pulitzer-prize winning nonprofit investigative organization based in Washington, D.C. A South Dakota native, she has a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Victoria St. Martin

Victoria St. Martin, Health and Environmental Justice Reporter, Philadelphia

Victoria St. Martin covers health and environmental justice at Inside Climate News. During a 20-year career in journalism, she has worked in a half dozen newsrooms, including The Washington Post where she served as a breaking news and general assignment reporter. Besides The Post, St. Martin has also worked at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, The Trentonian, The South Bend Tribune and WNIT, the PBS-member station serving north central Indiana. In addition to her newsroom experience, St. Martin is also a journalism educator who spent four years as a distinguished visiting journalist with the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. She currently teaches at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. St. Martin is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a master’s degree from American University’s School of Communication. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and has written extensively about the prevalence of breast cancer in young women. In her work, St. Martin is particularly interested in health care disparities affecting Black women.

Katie Surma, Reporter, Pittsburgh

Quratulain Tejani

Quratulain Tejani, Fellow

Quratulain Tejani is a fellow at Inside Climate News. She is a graduate student enrolled in NYU’s multimedia journalism program, focusing on climate and environmental justice reporting. In 2005-06, she had the opportunity to participate in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts on the Gulf of Mexico, where she was impacted by the devastation extreme weather events have on coastal communities. Climate and environmental justice became her passion since then, but it was only recently when she started reporting on it. Quratulain has covered air quality issues and locust infestation impacting food security in Pakistan for Global Voices. As a Climate Tracker fellow, she has reported on the effects brackish water has on urban women and their health in Karachi.

Kristoffer Tigue, Reporter, New York City

Kristoffer Tigue is a New York City-based reporter for Inside Climate News, where he covers environmental justice issues, writes the Today’s Climate newsletter and manages ICN’s social media. His work has been published in Reuters, Scientific American, Public Radio International and CNBC. Tigue holds a Master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism, where his feature writing won several Missouri Press Association awards.

Zoha Tunio

Zoha Tunio, Reporter, Karachi, Pakistan

Zoha Tunio is Roy W. Howard Fellow at Inside Climate News focusing on environmental justice. Before joining ICN she worked for Newsline magazine where she covered rights based stories with a focus on gender justice, and followed the emerging start-up landscape in Pakistan. Zoha is a Fulbright scholar with a master’s degree in investigative journalism from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She lives in Karachi, Pakistan, with her parents and house plants.

Grace van Deelen

Grace van Deelen, Fellow

Grace is a journalist who writes about climate change, science, agriculture and food systems. She’s a graduate student in MIT’s Science Writing Program, and holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and anthropology from Tufts University. She previously worked as a researcher, studying coffee farming in Costa Rica and honey bee survival in southern Wisconsin, where she grew up.

Myriam Vidal, Fellow

Myriam Vidal Valero is a bilingual journalist from Mexico City. Her work focuses on science, health and the environment, and it has appeared in The New York Times, Science, The Open Notebook, Slate, Medscape, Muy Interesante, Cancer World, ¿Cómo ves?, among others. She is a member of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists where she coordinates the Mentorship Program for Emerging Journalists. In 2019 she received the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. She’s currently based in New York City, where she is working toward an M.A. in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Katelyn Weisbrod

Katelyn Weisbrod, Columnist and Web Producer, St. Paul

Katelyn Weisbrod is a reporter and web producer for Inside Climate News based in Minnesota. She writes ICN’s weekly Warming Trends column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, books, cultural events and other developments from the global warming frontier. 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.