I'm an award-winning journalist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, writing and reporting on the science and politics of climate change. I have a unique background at the nexus of climate science and journalism.
My path to journalism started off in the sciences; I did my undergraduate at Princeton University, where I conducted field research with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and worked on models of tropical carbon for the NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Later, I pursued my MSc at Oxford University, where I wrote a thesis about media interpretations of the IPCC's report on 1.5 Degrees of Global Warming. This work was later a runner-up for Climate Outreach's climate communications research award. I then started a Ph.D. at UCLA, where I focused on environmental justice and ecological restoration, before transitioning into journalism. At UCLA, I was affiliated with the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies and was funded in my first year by the NSF INFEWS traineeship.
Through the INFEWS traineeship, I pursued a summer internship at Grist, where I wrote about climate science and politics. From January to June of 2020, I returned to Grist as a News and Politics Fellow. While at Grist, I developed beats ranging from oil extraction in California to the science of climate tipping points. A multimedia feature package that I pitched as a Grist intern and co-wrote as a fellow was later awarded the 2021 Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards in the climate change category and selected as a finalist in the feature (small newsroom) category. Since leaving Grist, I have been working as a freelance journalist for multiple outlets, including the Guardian, Atmos, Capital and Main, and as an audio producer for PostScript media podcasts.
As a journalist, I focus on long-form, narrative storytelling about climate change, environmental justice, and ecology. I believe that good climate journalism not only reveals the structural causes and impacts of climate change, but also points to ways forward: solutions-oriented coverage that is just as complex as the problem itself.
You can find my CV here.