2013 Metcalf Fellows – Bios

Millville_001Bradley Campbell is an environment reporter and host of Weekend Edition for Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) in Providence, Rhode Island.  He came to RIPR from WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts where he worked as an assistant producer for The Takeaway and as a news writer for Morning Edition. Before that, he covered the Cape Cod Baseball League for WCAI – The Cape and Island’s NPR news station. He’s a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He completed a fellowship at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Bradley got his start writing for the Cleveland Scene and Minneapolis City Pages. Bradley grew up in the rural, logging town of Dallas, Oregon.

Laura Daverio is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, working as China correspondent for RSI Swiss Italian Television and Radio. She primarily covers China, but also covers India, Japan and South Korea. Previously, she worked for La7 Italian Television. She started her career in journalism in 1999, transitioning from print to radio to television. Daverio graduated from the University of Venice in Italy with a degree in Oriental Studies and pursued post-graduate studies at the Beijing Language and Culture University in China. In 2010 she was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.  A native of Italy, she’s fluent in Chinese, English and Spanish.

Emily C. Dooley covers the environment for Newsday on Long Island, New York. Prior to that she worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia from 2008 to late 2010 where she covered the economy, technology, the legal industry and telecomm, as well as shot weekly business videos, managed an online newsletter and maintained a social media presence for the paper. She briefly worked at Newsday.com on Long Island from 2006 -2008 managing online news coverage for the web site and special projects. From 2000 to 2006 she worked in a variety of beats at the Cape Cod Times in Massachusetts, covering whale rescue, environmental issues, politics, education, cops and enterprise stories before helping start the multimedia team. She spent six months researching a series about North Atlantic right whales. During that time she sailed with a research team on Canada’s Bay of Fundy and took a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador to see early whaling grounds. She also spent a brief time in South Africa writing about AIDS for the Times. From 1998 to 2000, she worked at a number of weeklies for the Colorado Community Newspaper’s chain based in Littleton, Colo. She has won awards from The Newswomen’s Club of New York, Inland Press Association, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, New England Newspaper Association, New England Press Association and Colorado Press Association. Dooley earned a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in newspaper journalism and public affairs from Syracuse University. She has a rescue pit bull named Melvis Ketchup and he rocks.

Jennifer Kay is a Miami-based journalist for The Associated Press. She has twice been a finalist for the South Florida Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards for international reporting in the Caribbean. The National Association of Caribbean-American Journalists also has honored her for her coverage of the Caribbean Diaspora in the U.S. In 2009, she was one of 16 young American journalists selected by the German-American Fulbright Commission for the Berlin Capital Program, a series of seminars led by Germany’s political and media leaders. Before moving to Miami in 2005, Jennifer worked as an editorial assistant in the AP’s Philadelphia bureau. As an intern, she won a Virginia Press Award for a front-page story in Connection Newspapers about gang activity in the D.C. metro area. She graduated from Dartmouth College.

Deborah McDermott is Maine Bureau Chief of the Portsmouth Herald in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Herald is one of a consortium of newspapers that stretch from Seabrook, NH to Kennebunk, Maine. For the past six years, she has authored an environmental and sustainability column, “Earth Matters.” As such, she has written on topics including climate change public policy issues, sea level rise adaptation, tar sands oil and “green” business matters. In her regular job, she covers local, regional and state issues involving Maine. McDermott is a past Ohio State University McCormick Climate Change fellow. She received her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a masters degree in nonfiction writing at the University of New Hampshire.

Tim McDonnell is the associate producer of Climate Desk, a collaboration between The Atlantic, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Grist, Slate, Wired, PBS’s Need To Know, and the Center for Investigative Reporting that produces original multimedia journalism on climate change. In this role, Tim has produced and written multimedia stories on North Dakota’s fracking boom, the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, wildfire in Colorado, and a host of other energy and environment issues. Prior to his work on Climate Desk, Tim was a research fellow and environment blogger at Mother Jones. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in ecology from the University of Arizona, in his hometown of Tucson. He now lives in Brooklyn.

Autumn Spanne is an editor, freelance writer and a researcher for Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate. Spanne is a past participant of the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Environmental Reporting Fellowship (2006-2007). During her Metcalf fellowship, she covered the environment beat for the Standard-Times in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She and another Metcalf alum were subsequently honored by the New England Newspaper & Press Association for their series on local impacts of climate change. Spanne’s work has been featured in the Christian Science Monitor, Scientific American, The Daily Climate, InsideClimate News, CNN and Reuters. She holds a B.A. in literature with a minor in journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.A. in education from Western New Mexico University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Ginger Vaughn is a TV journalist for CCTV America. She serves as the Houston correspondent where she focuses on energy and healthcare.  She also writes about environmental issues for EuroBiz magazine out of Tokyo, Japan.  Vaughn started her journalism career in Tokyo, where she worked for NHK, Japan’s sole public broadcaster, reporting on green business, clean energy and natural disasters, in particular radiation problems post 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.  From 2002, she worked as an adventure writer for Outdoor Japan Magazine and served as a Green Tourism advisor for Japan’s Ministry of Tourism.  In 2011, she became the first American woman to climb Japan’s 100 mountains, known as the “Hyakumeizan.” She’s pursuing her PhD at Waseda University’s Environmental Governance program where she asks, “How Social Media Affects Public Awareness on Climate Change.” Vaughn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Japanese, and an MBA in entrepreneurship from Waseda University Graduate School.

Lewis Wallace is a Pritzker Journalism Fellow at Chicago Public Media/WBEZ where he reports on the Chicago area’s changing landscape, cultures and environment. He is also a freelance writer for independent press covering religion, education and housing. He came to the Pritzker fellowship from Project NIA, a youth organization where he organized a multimedia digital storytelling project about youth and the police in Chicago. Before that he spent many years as a barista, a sex educator and an organizer in Chicago, in Oakland, California, and in his homeland of southeast Michigan. He graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University where he won an award for his study of the medieval cult of a bearded woman saint. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies.

Sarah Watson is a staff writer for The Press of Atlantic City, where she covers Hurricane Sandy recovery, the environment and climate change. She is the 2012 environmental writing winner of the New Jersey Press Association awards. Prior to moving to New Jersey in 2010, she was a staff writer at The News & Advance in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she covered the environment and local government. While at The News & Advance, Watson was a 2008 fellow at The Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment and won numerous Virginia Press Association awards. Watson is a 2006 graduate of Temple University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.