The climate crisis is being felt by communities around the world everyday, disproportionately so by those who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized.
The good news is that there are real solutions led by those on the frontlines of building an equitable and democratic future. There is a bottom-up approach to addressing climate change and it’s happening right now all across the country and the world. Although the stakes couldn’t be higher, the climate crisis can be understood not only as a threat but also an opportunity to chart a different course — a just transition to a new economy.
The New Economy Coalition (NEC) and the Media Consortium (TMC) are proud to announce the New Economies Reporting Project‘s 2018 Climate Solutions Fellows:
Alex Lubben, Freelance Journalist
Alexandra Tempus, The Progressive
Ankita Anand, Freelance Journalist
Anna Buss, Free Speech TV & KPFK
Audrea Lim, Freelance Journalist
Dharna Noor, The Real News Network
Eillie Anziliotti, Fast Company
Jennifer Hsu, WNYC
Jesenia De Moya, Philadelphia Media Network
Karen Cruz Orduña, CBS News
Kateri Zuni, Generation Justice
Lyndsey Gilpin, Freelance Journalist
Salaam Green, Freelance Journalist
Sarah Craig, KQED
Fellows were chosen from a pool of over 60 applicants and selected through a judging process anchored by journalists Oscar Perry Abello of Next City and Kate Aronoff of The Intercept as well as Jo Ellen Kaiser of The Media Consortium.
The goal of the fellowship is to increase the quantity and quality of journalism focused on local, regional and national climate solutions, especially stories that connect these solutions to the need and possibility of systemic change. The 2018 cohort was able to meet at New Economy Coalition biennial conference, CommonBound, and participate in a Solutions Journalism workshop led by Carolyn Robinson of the Solutions Journalism Network.
The fellowship will educate reporters about the most important and underreported climate solutions perspectives through monthly press briefings featuring many NEC members and allies. TMC will support the fellows to do cross-sector, solutions-based climate reporting throughout the fellowship.
This project is generously supported by a grant from the Park Foundation and New Visions Foundation. Meet the fellows and follow this Twitter list:
Alex Lubben is a environment and politics reporter with VICE News. Prior to working with VICE, he worked for In These Times, the Nation, and currently works part-time with Dissent. Besides covering the many scandals of the Trump administration and Scott Pruitt's EPA, he's written about environmental justice, climate science, and many other topics. He's interested, currently, in community relocation, climate finance, and cli-fi.
Alexandra Tempus started out as a kid reporter for her hometown paper in rural northern Wisconsin. Since then, she's built a career covering the human face of the climate crisis—especially on climate change as an extension of colonialism, impacting who can live where and the resulting political implications. She was a lead researcher on Naomi Klein's 2014 bestseller This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate and a 2016 CultureStrike Environmental Literary Fellow. As a researcher at Rolling Stone, she worked with writers Tim Dickinson, Jeff Goodell, Matt Taibbi and others on major national affairs stories covering politics and the environment. Her writing has been published at The Nation, Vice News, Verso Books, Al Jazeera America, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire and elsewhere. Tempus is now associate editor at The Progressive magazine.
Ankita Anand is an independent journalist based in Delhi, India, and a recipient of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2015. She primarily reports on social justice issues.
Anna Buss has been working as an Assistant Producer for 'Rising Up With Sonali' – a national radio/TV progressive program that focuses in gender and racial justice, social/political and environmental issues, at KPFK for the last 3 years. She has a print, online and television background, with a B.A. in Print Journalism earned from California State University Fullerton and an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Audrea Lim is a journalist and editor in New York City. Her work has appeared in New York Times, Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, New Yorker and Dissent.
Dharna Noor is a host and producer at The Real News Network, and the managing editor of TRNN’s Baltimore Bureau. In her reporting, Dharna focuses on environmental and climate justice in Baltimore and beyond. Before coming to TRNN, Dharna studied political philosophy and vocal music at Sarah Lawrence College, and taught ecology in community gardens throughout Southwest Yonkers. Her work has appeared in publications such as Truthout, Popular Resistance, and Alternet. Dharna also works with Tubman House’s community farm in West Baltimore, and sings with the Canticle Singers of Baltimore.
Eillie Anzilotti is the assistant Ideas section editor for Fast Company, where she covers stories on economic and environmental justice, sustainability, and equity. Some of her latest work has analyzed the teacher strikes and the establishment of a new accelerator program for community land trusts nationwide. Previously, she wrote for CityLab. Eillie lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her spare time cycling, playing basketball, and volunteering with Transportation Alternatives, a local bike and pedestrian advocacy nonprofit.
Jennifer Hsu is a senior video producer at WNYC. She loves to tell stories about how ordinary people live and thrive in their communities, and since the 2016 election, has been focusing on the many ways average citizens fight for power. From lobbying to pass a law to running for political office, she is committed to bringing to light stories about change-making. This year, she is excited to explore solutions-based angle to climate issues in NYC and the surrounding region.
Jesenia De Moya Correa
Jesenia De Moya Correa is a Dominican American award-winning journalist, specializing in science, health and environmental reporting on Latino/Caribbean communities. She was born in New York City, and raised and educated in Dominican Republic, where she started her journalism career in 2012. She won the 2013 National Journalism Award in Dominican Republic for her work on Sustainable Tourism, and was one of the 13 pioneers who received their Master’s degree in Spanish Language Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, in December of 2017. She intends to give more visibility to scientific research and health/environmental related issues in the Caribbean, with her journalistic skills in audio, social video and data/interactive storytelling.
Karen Cruz-Orduña, 22, was born in Fresno, CA and raised in Madera, CA. As a proud daughter of labor farm workers who work from sunrise to sunset, Karen used the agriculture fields as motivation to go off to college and pursue a higher education. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Mass Communication at California State University, Northridge and is working with the CBS LA Bureau as a summer intern. Through the 2018 Climate Solutions Reporting Fellowship, Karen hopes to gain an insight of climate solutions and enhance environmental journalism. She would like to report and educate audiences on climate change. Karen’s dream job is to work at Univision in Miami as an anchor and collaborate with her idol, Jorge Ramos.
Kateri Zuni recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in multimedia journalism and political science. Kateri is from the Isleta and Zuni pueblos in New Mexico and was raised in Albuquerque. She is a passionate writer and hopes to implement journalism and media literacy outlets within her native communities. Currently, she is a masters candidate for studies in law focusing on Indian Law at the University of New Mexico Law School.
Lyndsey is a freelance journalist based in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She is the publisher of Southerly, a weekly newsletter about ecology, justice, and culture in the American South. She frequently writes about climate change, energy, and environmental justice in the South, and her work has appeared in CityLab, Harper's, Scalawag, Outside, Vice, The Daily Beast, InsideClimate News, High Country News, and more. Lyndsey is also on the board of directors for the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Salaam Green is an award winning poet, writer, acclaimed author and master storyteller trained racial healing facilitator. Born and bred in the Black Belt of Alabama, some of her “hats” include: Rural Organizer Leader, Human Rights and United Nations Panelist, Southern Essayist/Freelance Writer and Poet, published in Southern Women's Review, The Birmingham Arts Journal, Scalawag, Bust, Alabama Media Group, Birmingham Times, Black Youth Project, Feminism and Religion Blog, featured writer in Elephant Journal, founder of Literary Healing Arts and Red Couch Writers, University of Alabama at Birmingham Arts in Medicine Artist in Resident for Creative Writing and Poetry and a Deep South Storyteller for Creatively Aging, 2016 Poet Laureate for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and 2018 Tedx Birmingham Speaker. She writes at Literaryhealingart.com.
Sarah Craig is an award-winning freelance radio journalist and documentary photographer based in Oakland, CA. She works at KQED Public Radio and reports on topics such as climate change, immigration and health issues. She is the Associate Producer of the Stepping Up podcast that tells stories of climate activists. Her work has been published by Marketplace, KQED, KALW, KCRW, High Country News, Water Deeply and others. She received a B.A. in Geography at Vassar College and studied at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.