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Julia Kumari Drapkin
Julia is the executive producer and creator of iSeeChange, an award winning environmental reporting project that combines citizen science, participatory public media, and cutting-edge satellite and sensor monitoring of environmental conditions.
A radio, television, and multimedia producer based in New Orleans, Julia has a passion for finding innovative ways to connect people to their environment and to each other. iSeeChange was born out of her seven-plus years of covering natural disasters and climate change science across the globe and in her own backyard.
Drapkin currently serves on the board of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She has worked as the Senior Science Reporter for The Nature Conservancy; as a foreign correspondent and radio reporter for PRI's The World and Global Post in South America; and as a photojournalist for the Associated Press in South Asia and for the St. Petersburg Times.
She was a National Science Foundation Polar Fellow in 2009 and a Metcalf Environmental Reporting Fellow for PRI's The World in 2007. Most recently she’s worked as multimedia reporter for the Times Picayune in New Orleans.
Prior to journalism, Julia did research anthropology and archaeology for more than seven years in Latin America, where she says she "geeked out" on Mayan farmers' almanacs.
Julia has an M.S. in new media and documentary film from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a B.A. in research anthropology from Tulane University.
Bridgett is co-founder of ChavoBart Digital Media (CBDM), a production firm with a focus on scientific and environmental media. She has been involved in the editorial production of short-form scientific and environmental radio programs and podcasts for more than 14 years.
Prior to founding CBDM, Bridgett was a Vice President at Finger Lakes Productions International - a company which produced and distributed media to more than 600 radio stations during its 25 year history.
Bridgett worked directly with representatives from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, The Ocean Conservancy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the American Society for Microbiology and others to meet their outreach needs. She also managed the planning and launch of the Everglades Radio Network, which highlights the restoration efforts taking place in the Florida Everglades. As project manager for Our Ocean World and MicrobeWorld, Bridgett oversaw the writing, production, and distribution of these nationally-syndicated daily radio series.
Bridgett holds a B.S from Ithaca College, and a M.A. from SUNY Empire State College.
Daniel Grossman, Ph.D.
Dan is an award-winning freelance print journalist and radio and web producer with more than 20 years of experience. He earned his B.S. in physics and his Ph.D. in political science, both from MIT.
Dan is a 2008 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. He was awarded a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied climate science. He has reported from all seven continents including from near both the south and north poles.
He has produced radio stories and documentaries on science and the environment for NPR’s Weekend Edition; for Public Radio International’s Living on Earth and its news magazine, The World; for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; for Germany’s Deutsche Welle radio; for the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Radio Netherlands; and for the documentary show Soundprint and other broadcast outlets.
Dan has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Discover, Audubon, Scientific American and other national publications. He has produced three extensive micro-websites on environmental topics. He is author of Deep Water: As Polar Ice Melts, Scientists Debate How High Our Oceans Will Rise (Ted Books: 2012) and co-author of A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists (Rutgers University Press: 2006).
Zeke is an energy systems analyst and environmental economist with a strong interest in conservation and efficiency. He was previously the chief scientist at C3, an energy management and efficiency company, and he co-founded Efficiency 2.0, a behavior-based energy efficiency company.
Zeke received a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, a master's degree in environmental science from Nrije Universiteit in the Netherlands, and a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University. He has published numerous papers and reports in the fields of environmental economics, energy modeling, and climate science. Zeke, who now lives in San Francisco, has been a regular contributor to Yale Climate Connections and its predecessor site since its launch in the fall of 2007.
Erika Street Hopman
Erika is co-founder of ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc., a production firm with a focus on scientific and environmental media. A writer and independent producer, she has diverse experience that includes work in video, radio, and print.
Before founding CBDM, Erika served as a project manager at Finger Lakes Productions International, where she oversaw the writing, production, and distribution of the nationally-syndicated radio series The EnvironMinute and Animal Instincts. She also managed the ongoing production of the Everglades Radio Network, which highlights the restoration efforts taking place in the Florida Everglades.
An independent documentary filmmaker, Erika's work has been shown internationally at film festivals and broadcast on outlets such as LinkTV and AlJazeera English.
She is passionate about environmental issues and has volunteered for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, served on the board of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, and is a member of the steering committee for her local community garden.
Erika holds a BA in Biology from Cornell University and an MFA in film production from Boston University.
Bruce is a longtime journalist who has covered climate change science, policy and politics for more than a decade. A newspaper reporter for 20 years, Bruce worked for the former San Diego Union-Tribune and other newspapers before becoming a freelance writer and editor in 2010. He covers a variety of topics related to science, the environment, and business.
Bruce has been a regular contributor to Yale Climate Connections since its predecessor, The Yale Forum on Climate Change and The Media, launched in 2007. He has written about climate change rhetoric in national politics; media experiments to elevate reporting on climate change; the future of nuclear energy; Department of Defense concerns about climate change as a national security issue; California’s efforts to reduce in-state greenhouse gas emissions; that state’s struggles with declining snowpack, drought and wildfire; and the Catholic Church’s efforts to raise awareness about climate change – among many other topics. In recent years, he has regularly filed dispatches on climate change from the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in San Francisco.
In addition to his work for Yale Climate Connections, Bruce has written for Air & Space Magazine, Scientific American, Nature and other media outlets, and also for academic research institutions and private foundations. Bruce holds an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley . He lives in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego.
Diana has been a Yale Climate Connections correspondent since April 2014, while she was still in graduate school. She points to a strong interest in sharing stories of Americans' experiences with climate change.
In addition to her freelance writing work , Diana leads a number of climate projects. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Mountain Pact, an effort to inform and mobilize mountain towns across the western U.S. about federal policies affecting their communities, particularly as they relate to climate change. Diana also leads the Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) at Sierra Business Council, a collaborative effort designed to support vibrant communities and a resilient environment and improve quality of life in the Sierra Nevada. In 2014, as a graduate student, Diana was the Founder and Director of Yale University’s Team Climate, a climate change media campaign that partnered with 16 Olympians at Sochi to reach more than 315 million people with the message that climate change is compromising winter sports.
Diana received her Masters degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and her B.S. in Society & Environment and B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley
Raised in Northern California, Diana spent much of her life in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a landscape that she says inspired her focus on environmental issues throughout her education and career.
Eileen Mignoni is a South Florida-based visual journalist who has been working on stories about science, the environment, and energy for nearly 10 years. In addition to her work at Yale Climate Connections, she also contributes video stories to National Geographic and is the communications director for The Alexia Foundation.
Before moving to South Florida, she lived in Brooklyn, working as a freelance video producer for outlets such as National Geographic and the New York Times. She has also lived in Santiago, Chile, where she was a multimedia producer for La Tercera, co-producer of a television show on Chile’s Olympic athletes, and a freelance producer for a wide variety of commercial and news video projects in the Southern hemisphere.
Eileen served in a variety of roles, including reporter, coach, and executive producer, for the Powering A Nation news site at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project, which investigated the political, economic and scientific tensions inherent in U.S. energy, won numerous prestigious awards.
Eileen was raised on a farm in rural Michigan. She has a B.A. in classics from Brown University and an M.A. in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has recently become deeply enamored of the beauty of the skies, especially over Miami and Michigan.
Daisy is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience in research-driven storytelling. In addition to contributing to Yale Climate Connections since early 2016, she also writes and edits for CurrentCast, a syndicated daily radio series devoted to Great Lakes water issues.
Previously, Daisy served as Editorial Director for EcoMyths Alliance, a nonprofit that partnered with scientists to make environmental issues accessible and empowering to a general audience. In addition to overall content development, she was responsible for co-producing monthly myth-busting segments for Chicago Public Media, and editing an environmental science curriculum in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation. She has also served as a Chicago-based editor for Disney’s Ideal Bite and NBC/Universal Chicago.
Now based in the foothills of Northern California's Sierra Nevada mountains, Daisy is committed to applying her B.A. in Creative Writing from Colorado College to creatively, and credibly, write about new ways forward in confronting today's environmental challenges.
Peter is an award winning freelance graphic artist, animator, and videographer, specializing in climate change and renewable energy issues.
Peter has created hundreds of educational videos aimed at challenging climate science misinformation and disinformation efforts, including his independent "Climate Denial Crock of the Week" series, and the Yale Climate Connections monthly "This is Not Cool" videos, which he has been producing since April 2014. The videos are being used in university-level programs nationally and internationally, and they have established Peter as a frequent presenter on the topic of climate change communication.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Peter is based in Midland, MI.
Michael Svoboda, Ph.D.
Michael is assistant professor of writing at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he has taught since 2005. Prior to completing his interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Penn State in 2002, Michael was the majority owner and senior manager of Svoboda's Books, an independent bookstore that served Penn State's University Park campus from 1983 to 2000.
While operating the bookstore, Michael periodically served as a community columnist and book reviewer for The Centre Daily Times, and he also produced and hosted Libri, The Radio Book Revue, a weekly one-hour book program, for WPSU, the NPR affiliate owned and operated by Penn State.
Over the six-year run of the program, he interviewed some 200 authors, including numerous leading nature/environment writers. An avid consumer of climate change-related reports, articles, and literature, Michael has published articles, book reviews, and review essays on ancient rhetoric and philosophy, rhetoric and composition, and environmental communication.
John, a writer, educator, and researcher, is an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a correspondent for Boston Globe Ideas. Previously, he was an assistant director at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, where he managed Journalist's Resource.org, a project bridging the gap between the academic and media worlds.
He served as an instructor at Boston University, following work as a producer and digital media editor for the NPR-syndicated show "On Point with Tom Ashbrook," from WBUR-Boston.
A Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he has also reported on environmental issues for the Star-Ledger (N.J.). He lives in the Boston area.