A national ecosystem that informs the public about critical environmental issues is collapsing, and its survival hinges on an endangered species: the local environmental journalist. In the last 10 years, conversations around climate, energy and basic pollution protections have suffered from a hollowing out of local environmental news, particularly in the country's interior.
InsideClimate News is working hard to bring this species back from the brink through our National Environment Reporting Network.
We are beginning to hire experienced reporters based in key regions of the nation to write stories, train local reporters, and collaborate with newsrooms to produce more in-depth environment reporting. Our goal? To revive and strengthen environmental journalism so it is embedded in the DNA of local news outlets, as fundamental to readers as the crime or sports beat.
James Bruggers came to InsideClimate News in May 2018 from Louisville's Courier Journal, where he covered energy and the environment for more than 18 years. He has also worked as a correspondent for USA Today and was a member of the USA Today Network environment team. Before moving to Kentucky, Bruggers worked as a journalist in Montana, Alaska, Washington and California, covering a variety of issues including the environment. He was raised in Michigan and earned a B.A. in journalism and forestry and an M.S. in environmental studies at the University of Montana in Missoula. He was awarded a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan in 1998-1999. Bruggers' work has won numerous recognitions, including the National Press Foundation's Thomas Stokes Award for energy reporting. He served on the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists for 13 years, including two years as president. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Christine Bruggers, and their cat, Lucy.