Michael Waldholz Joins InsideClimate News as Senior Editor

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime editor strengthens ICN's pursuit of game-changing coverage.

Michael Waldholz joins InsideClimate News as senior editor of enterprise and investigations. Credit: Michael Waldholz

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Michael Waldholz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has joined the staff of InsideClimate News as senior editor of enterprise and investigations.

Mr. Waldholz comes to ICN following six years as managing editor at Bloomberg News/Businessweek. He previously spent 25 years at the Wall Street Journal as a writer, editor and bureau chief, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series on breakthrough AIDS treatments.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the talented staff at InsideClimate News, which has already produced distinguished coverage, most notably a Pulitzer Prize, covering one of the most important news topics of our time,” said Waldholz.

ICN’s staff has now grown to 15 full-time members as it continues its mission to produce clear, objective stories on the climate, environment and the energy industry. That coverage is particularly vital this year as climate change takes center stage with the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris aiming to produce a global climate treaty.

“We’re delighted Michael is joining our growing team. His experience and ability will strengthen our pursuit of game-changing coverage,” said David Sassoon, founder and publisher of ICN, “and our aim to establish a permanent home for environmental journalism.”

ICN is a journalism non-profit founded in 2007 to specialize in environmental and climate news that was undercovered by traditional media. An ICN team won the Pulitzer in 2013 for national reporting for an investigation of the Enbridge pipeline rupture and dilbit oil spill in Kalamazoo, Mich.

This year, ICN has launched two series, the Climate Accountability Project and Coal’s Long Goodbye, that will continue to delve into the pivotal issues surrounding the climate crisis.

“We’re covering the transformation of the global energy system and an unprecedented movement toward climate action and environmental justice,” said Stacy Feldman, co-founder and executive editor of ICN. “It’s a complex, dramatic and difficult story, and we’re glad Michael is here to help us tell it.”

Mr. Waldholz brings years of experience leading teams of reporters. At Bloomberg, he oversaw a global staff of more than 50 journalists covering health, science, the environment and education. At the Wall Street Journal, he covered the drug, biotech and health insurance industries as well as personal and public health topics, including genetics, cancer, aging, obesity and diabetes. In addition to writing five of 10 articles in the series that won the Pulitzer, he won awards from the National Association of Science Writers and the International Biomedical Journalism Prize, among others.

Most recently, he has worked as a senior writing consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also written two books, Curing Cancer, published in 1997, and was co-author of Genome, published in 1990.