2015 Annual Science Immersion Workshop Fellows

2015 Workshop

Annalyn Ardona is a segment producer for the award-winning TV show Born to be Wild, about environment and wildlife protection under GMA Network Inc. in the Philippines. The show won the ASEAN Champion of Biodiversity in Media award in June 2011, beating 11 other contenders from Southeast Asia. She writes scripts for Born to be Wild monthly and directs filming of diverse environmental topics such as the effects of mining, wildlife extinction, climate change, new species discoveries and others. Ardona was part of the team that produced “Oras Na” (It’s Time), a comprehensive documentary about the environmental threats in the Philippines which won Best Investigative Documentary in the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction last March 2015. She earned a B.A. in Mass Communication from Centro Escolar University.

Jennifer Barrios covers the environment for Newsday, Long Island’s daily newspaper. Her recent stories include several exclusives on water wars between Long Island and New York City, an ongoing investigation into illegal dumping, and a look at how Long Island Sound’s sea life is threatened by ocean acidification. Previously, she was a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism.

Kevin Bunch is a general assignment reporter at C&G Newspapers in metro Detroit. He writes about the public affairs and people of the city’s eastern suburbs, and, due to his interest in scientific and environmental topics, he also has taken it upon himself to become the company’s primary science reporter. In that role, Bunch has written about the Great Lakes, invasive species, pollution, genetically modified organisms, climate change and the intersection of all those topics. Having grown up in metro Detroit, he is familiar with the environmental issues the region faces and is passionate about educating local communities. Bunch earned a B.A. in journalism from Wayne State University and spent two years writing at a weekly northern Michigan newspaper covering a farming community located off Lake Huron.
 
Kelly House is an environment and nature reporter at Oregon’s largest news outlet, The Oregonian. She writes about Northwest animals and ecosystems, and how humans influence them for the better and worse. Her work spans a range of environment and conservation issues, from legal wars over bottled water to existential crisis within the state fish and wildlife agency, to the impact of climate change in Oregon. A native of small town northern Michigan, House completed her B.A. in journalism at Michigan State University before joining the Oregonian. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and was part of a team of reporters honored with a Best in Business their coverage of the recession’s lingering damage in Oregon.
 
Sarah McCammon is the Savannah Bureau Chief for Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia’s NPR and PBS affiliate. She leads a newsroom that serves coastal Georgia and contributes to GPB’s coverage of statewide news. She has reported on environmental issues in Nebraska and presidential politics in Iowa, and contributed to NPR’s coverage of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and general election. Her work has been featured on the public radio business show Marketplace and in the Kansas City Star, Chicago Sun-Times, and Washington Post. McCammon is the winner of three Eric Sevareid awards, Iowa Public Radio’s “Newcomer of the Year” award, and multiple Nebraska Associated Press awards. She grew up in Kansas City, earned a B.A. in English/Communication from Trinity College, and is a proud Midwesterner, now loving life near the ocean in warm and beautiful Savannah, Georgia.
 
David McFadden is a correspondent for The Associated Press in the Caribbean. He has reported on a bloody state of emergency in Jamaica, Haiti’s meandering earthquake recovery, and covered military hearings for terror suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. He has helped make stories about the environment a priority for AP news coverage in the 27 countries and territories that make up the region. McFadden’s work has taken him to remote fishing villages and trendy resorts situated on badly eroding coastlines, to undersea walls of crumbling coral and waters colonized by invasive lionfish, and to newly created marine reserves. He has filed stories from more than a dozen countries during his journalism career. Before moving to the Caribbean in 2006, he worked at newspapers including The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and Boston University.
 
Sonia Narang is a California-based radio and video journalist who covers global health, the environment, and social justice issues. She’s also a photographer and documents the lives of women and the challenges they face around the world. Sonia’s journalism work has taken her across the U.S., India, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines for PRI’s The World, the BBC, The New York Times, GlobalPost, PBS NewsHour, Frontline/World, Time, and others. Narang has received a number of fellowships, an award from the South Asian Journalists Association and an award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. She began her career as a print reporter in Littleton, Colorado. If social media had existed back then, her front-page story about a moose sighting in a suburban Denver backyard might have gone viral. Narang has a Master’s degree in journalism and documentary film from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dennis Pillion covers coastal Alabama and the Florida panhandle for the Alabama Media Group, which publishes the website AL.com and newspapers The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and the Mobile Press-Register. As the group’s beaches reporter, he handles everything from music festivals and crime reporting to the lingering impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other coastal environmental issues. Pillion is currently scrambling to report on projects proposed for funding through the federal RESTORE Act and Natural Resources Damage Assessment from the spill. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Alabama and previously worked at The Robesonian daily newspaper in Lumberton, N.C. He is a past president of the Alabama Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Jacqueline Ronson is a reporter with the award winning Yukon News in Whitehorse, Canada. She covers all sorts of things, but especially politics, business, mining, First Nations issues, energy and the environment. She has picked up national community newspaper awards for her coverage of the declining Chinook salmon run on the Yukon River and the debate over the potential use of hydraulic fracturing to get at the territory’s natural gas resources. Ronson earned her Master’s degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia, where she was also a fellow with the International Reporting Program. Through that initiative she helped produce a video documentary on the human and environmental impacts of Brazil’s Belo Monte dam, featured on The New York Times online.
 
Elijah Wolfson (Selected, unable to attend) is a writer, senior editor, and multimedia journalist currently based in New York. He is a senior editor at Newsweek and the editorial director of Medical Daily. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, and the Huffington Post, and he has appeared on BBC World News. Wolfson grew up in the New York metro area and attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate where he majored in rhetoric and minored in creative writing. As a professional writer and reporter, he has covered a wide range of subjects, from financial crime to environmental science to global public health issues. At Newsweek,  Wolfson is the publication’s lead editor for science, health and technology. He was awarded the 2013-2014 Langeloth Health Journalism Fellowship at the John Jay College Center on Media, Crime, and Justice. He is a member of the National Association for Science Writers, the Association of Healthcare Journalists, and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
 
Emily Yehle is a natural resources reporter focusing on oceans and fisheries for Environment & Energy Publishing in Washington, D.C. Since joining E&E in 2010, she has written about an oyster company’s battle with the National Park Service, NOAA’s bid to increase aquaculture, the proliferation of drones on public lands and hundreds of regulations, hearings and studies. Yehle began her career at Roll Call as a reporter covering the congressional staffers, agencies and the workings of Capitol Hill. She earned her journalism degree from the University of Florida and learned the trade as editor of The Independent Florida Alligator.

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