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Julia Kumari Drapkin

Julia Kumari Drapkin

Julia Kumari Drapkin founded ISeeChange after a decade of reporting natural disasters and climate change across the globe and in her own backyard on the Gulf Coast. She is the founder of ISeeChange, a site dedicated to connecting communities to each other and their changing environment, has received national and regional journalism awards.

Julia, a founding member of the American Geophysical Union’s science to action working group, serves on the board of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She has consulted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and, before founding ISeeChange, worked for The Nature Conservancy; PRI's The World, Global Post; the Associated Press, the St. Petersburg Times; and the Times Picayune in New Orleans.

Julia received her MS in journalism from Columbia University and a BA in anthropology and Latin American Studies from Tulane University. Prior to journalism, Julia did field research anthropology and archaeology for 7 years in Central America, where she geeked out on Mayan farmer’s almanacs.

Bridgett Ennis

Bridgett Ennis

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

Daniel Grossman, Ph.D.

@grossmanmedia

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).

Samantha Harrington

Samantha Harrington

@samantharrin

Samantha is a journalist and graphic designer, with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. "Sam" is especially interested in sharing how climate change is affecting people, animals, the ecology, and the economy across the U.S. Midwest.

She has reported and written for Yale Climate Connections since 2016. She also writes and does graphic design for feature stories about climate change through a partnership between Yale Climate Connections and iSeeChange. From her Wisconsin home, she works as the digital community manager at ISeeChange building both local and global engagement around people's daily interactions with the weather and with climate change preparedness.

In 2015, after graduating from the University of North Carolina, where she studied Journalism and Arab Cultures, she founded Driven Media, a roving newsroom, and she was a regular contributor to Women@Forbes, where she writes about women in business. She has also worked on a number of international projects. In 2018 she illustrated and designed an educational workbook for Syrian children living in Jordan and Lebanon for the organization Project Amal ou Salam. In 2014 she traveled to Amman, Jordan, to study why Jordanian women study STEM subjects at twice the rate of American women, and she has reported on maternal health issues in Malawi and on counter terrorism efforts in Morocco.

Erika Street Hopman

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.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah is an Ithaca, NY-based writer. She has degrees from Harvard University and Rutgers University-Camden and has worked as a lexicographer, waitress, bartender, medical writer, teacher, and amusement park ride operator. She is driven by a deep curiosity about people, their personal stories, and their singular voices.

As an editor and content producer with ChavoBart Digital Media (CBDM), Sarah writes and edits scripts and conducts interviews for Climate Connections as well as CurrentCast, a syndicated radio program about water issues in the Great Lakes.

Previously, she worked as managing editor of Wordsmyth, a dictionary company developing language-learning resources for K-12 education and ESL learners. There, she managed projects for clients including McGraw Hill, Scholastic, and Leapfrog.

In 2012, she left Wordsmyth to pursue her own writing more intensively. She earned an MFA in nonfiction from Rutgers University-Camden, where she subsequently taught undergraduate composition and creative writing courses.

Sarah's essays and articles have been published in Post Road, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Under the Sun, Hidden City Philadelphia, Fodor's Oregon, and elsewhere.

Karin Kirk

Karin Kirk

@karinkirk_mt

Karin is a geologist and freelance writer with a background in climate education. She's a scientist by training, but the human elements of climate change occupy most of her current work. Karin is particularly intrigued by how people talk and think about climate change, how it divides them, and the many ways individuals and society can help carry the climate conversation forward.

Karin has worked in many facets of climate change, beginning with undergraduate and graduate studies in paleoclimatology and human influences on the climate system. Her climate-focused work includes teaching in the classroom, designing curriculum, and leading faculty workshops to strengthen teaching about climate and energy. She has migrated her efforts from the classroom to the general public, via her TEDx talk and writing for Yale Climate Connections, EARTH magazine, and other venues.

In addition to her writing work, Karin is part of CLEAN, a NOAA-sponsored project to improve teaching about climate and energy. She also worked with NOAA's Climate Program Office to evaluate the effectiveness of the Climate.gov website. Previously, she worked for the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, collaborating with educators and academics to improve science teaching practices. She works on civic engagement around climate and energy issues in her home state of Montana.

Karin holds a B.A. in geology from Skidmore College and an M.S. in geology from Montana State University. She is a professional ski instructor and guide.

Bruce Lieberman

Bruce Lieberman

@brucelieberman1

Bruce, a long-time journalist, has covered climate change science, policy, and politics for nearly two decades. A newspaper reporter for 20 years, Bruce worked for The 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 and the environment. Bruce has been a regular contributor to Yale Climate Connections and its predecessor site since its founding in 2007. As a freelancer, Bruce has written for national magazines such as Air & Space, Scientific American, and Nature. His work also has appeared in The Washington Post, BBC.com, space.com, and other media outlets. Over the years he has also written for academic research institutions and private foundations.

A Californian, Bruce holds an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Diana Madson

Diana Madson

@dianamadson

Diana has been a regular correspondent with Yale Climate Connections since April 2014. She enjoys exploring American stories about unexpected and innovative solutions to climate change. In addition to her freelance writing work, Diana is a program officer at Western Conservation Foundation, where she manages a philanthropic program to promote federal and state climate and clean energy policies throughout the West.

Diana was the Founder and Executive Director of The Mountain Pact, an organization educating and mobilizing mountain communities across the West on federal policy issues related to climate change and public lands. Diana also formerly served as the government affairs director and Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership Director at Sierra Business Council. An experienced organizer and project manager, she has a background in environmental science, management and policy.

Diana received her masters degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies after graduating with highest distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in society and environment and a B.A. in rhetoric.

Dana Nuccitelli

Dana Nuccitelli

@dana1981

Dana is an environmental scientist, writer, and author of 'Climatology versus Pseudoscience,' published in 2015. He has published 10 peer-reviewed studies related to climate change and has been writing about the subject since 2010 for outlets including Skeptical Science and The Guardian.

Dana received a bachelor's degree in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in physics from UC Davis before becoming an environmental scientist. He says he was inspired after seeing 'An Inconvenient Truth' in 2006 to find out if the science presented in the film was accurate. He devoted several years to reading books, articles, and peer-reviewed studies about climate change.

In 2010, Dana began contributing to the climate blog and myth debunking website Skeptical Science, from which The Guardian picked up several of his timely debunkings of climate myths perpetuated by influential individuals and interest groups. In early 2013, he joined with John Abraham of St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Mn., on the Guardian’s new international environmental blogging network. From then through most of 2018, he co-published with Abraham on a weekly basis until the blog network was discontinued in late 2018. Dana has also published several climate-related studies, most notably on the 97 percent expert “consensus” among climate scientists that humans are primarily responsible for the observed global warming since 1950.

Daisy Simmons

Daisy Simmons

@daisysimmons

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 Sinclair

Peter Sinclair

@PeterWSinclair

Peter is a Michigan-based videographer, specializing in climate change and renewable energy issues.

He has created hundreds of educational videos correcting climate science misinformation, including his independent "Climate Denial Crock of the Week" series, and the monthly "This is Not Cool" series for Yale Climate Connections, which has run since February 2012.

His videos, recognized by experts internationally, have established Peter as a frequent speaker on climate change, renewable energy, and communicating science.

In 2017, the National Center for Science Education recognized Peter as a “Friend of the Planet”.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Peter lives in Midland, MI.

Jan Ellen Spiegel

Jan Ellen Spiegel

Jan Ellen Spiegel is a long-time Connecticut-based journalist whose career has included radio, television, print, and digital reporting. She has won awards for her reporting on energy, environment, climate change and food and agriculture. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Knight Journalism Fellowship at MIT on energy and climate.

Jan is a former editor at The Hartford Courant, where she handled national politics including coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.Her stories appear regularly in the Connecticut Mirror, and she has published also in The New York Times, Undark, Inside Climate News, New Food Economy, and the Boston Globe, and has reported for public radio stations WSHU and WNPR and elsewhere.

A former editor at the Gazette in Colorado Springs, she spent more than 20 years as a TV and radio producer at CBS News and CNN in New York and in the Boston broadcast market. She graduated from the University of Michigan and attended Boston University’s graduate film program.

Jan is a native New Yorker and a big fan of the high desert Southwest in New Mexico.

Michael Svoboda

Michael Svoboda, Ph.D.

Michael is a professor in the University Writing Program at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he has taught since 2005. Before 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-years 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 on philosophy, rhetoric and composition, and environmental communication. He is currently writing a book on Climate Change in American Popular Culture for Routledge.

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