2014 Metcalf Fellows
Katie Campbell is an Emmy-award winning multimedia journalist at KCTS 9, Seattle’s public television affiliate. She’s a lead reporter for the Northwest public media project EarthFix and a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She has produced, written, photographed and edited multimedia stories and documentaries on an array of science and environment issues including sea star wasting syndrome, ocean acidification and the nation’s largest dam removal project. Katie grew up on a flower farm in southern Minnesota. After completing her B.A. in journalism at St. Catherine’s University, she worked as an enterprise reporter at daily newspapers in Minnesota and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining EarthFix and KCTS 9, Katie was an instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.
Cally Carswell is a freelance science and environmental journalist based in northern New Mexico, and a contributing editor at High Country News, the environmental magazine of the American West. She writes about people, plants, animals and the elements, and how they’re all related. Cally started her career in public radio, studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for KVNF, public radio for Western Colorado. She was part of a reporting team that won the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award and the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism for their coverage of long-distance animal migration.
Tim Faulkner is an environmental writer and editor and believer in reusing and reducing in Rhode Island. He’s a partner at ecoRI News, an online environmental newspaper for Southern New England. As a budding nonprofit venture, ecoRI delivers on all of his passions: journalism, collaboration, the environment and even composting. He served as a community newspaper reporter in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts for several years. Most recently, he was a reporter for the Taunton (Mass.) Daily Gazette. Going way back, Tim spent more than a decade in the financial services sector before heading to graduate school where he earned a graduate degree in writing and publishing. He loves his family, too, and lives with his fantastic wife and mostly fantastic young daughters in Barrington, R.I.
Lauren Gardner is a staff writer covering energy and environmental policy for CQ Roll Call, a leading source of congressional news. She has written about the growing federal costs of fighting wildfires, the debate over how to regulate coal ash and the many facets of President Obama’s climate action plan. Gardner began her career at BNA’s Daily Tax Report, covering IRS regulations and getting her start in energy news by following the rollout of several clean-energy stimulus programs. She earned a B.A. in foreign language and communication media and a B.A. in international studies from American University.
Jesse Hirsch is staff writer at Modern Farmer, a general-interest magazine exploring the stories behind our food. He has written on everything from GMOs and the U.S. farm bill, to milking pigs and turkey psychology. Two of his stories (on invasive wild pigs and farming in space) were nominated for James Beard awards this year. Hirsch was also selected as a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT this spring. He was awarded 1st and 2nd place in enterprise and feature reporting, respectively, by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2005 and 2006. Previously he has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Hirsch received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Karin Klein has been an editorial writer and member of the editorial board at The Los Angeles Times for the past 12 years, where she covers environment, education, food policy, health and science. Before that, she was an assigning editor at The Times as well as the Orange County Register and San Jose Mercury News. She is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Chapman University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Psychology from Wellesley College, and attended UC Berkeley School of Journalism. When she’s not at work, she’s often on a hiking trail with her Irish setter Pippi. As a certified naturalist with Orange County Parks, she leads hikes on foraging wild plants and gives frequent talks on hiking safety. Klein’s book, “50 Hikes in Orange County,” was published in 2010 by Countryman Press, an imprint of W.W. Norton. Klein was the winner of the 2006-07 Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writers and a Logan Environmental Fellowship at MBL Woods Hole. She will be traveling to the Toolik Field Station in Alaska in late June, 2014, on an MBL fellowship to study and cover climate change research in the Arctic.
Daniel Lovering is a freelance journalist, photographer and videographer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He covers general news, including crime, politics and the environment, throughout New England for Reuters and other leading news organizations. A former business writer and foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, Daniel has reported from a dozen countries on subjects ranging from natural disasters and conflicts to travel and the arts. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Scientific American and MIT Technology Review, among other publications. He has been awarded a number of journalism fellowships, including a 2012 Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion. Lovering is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Aaron Orlowski is a reporter for the Orange County Register, where he primarily covers environmental issues for the coastal city of Long Beach, and has written about power plants, fracking, whale conservation, urban wildlife management and river restoration, among other things. Orlowski began his career in the 1,200-person town of Tioga, North Dakota writing for a community weekly about everything from city council meetings to the health problems fracking waste brings. At his next job in Rapid City, South Dakota, he covered city hall. Orlowski has a bachelor’s in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston. He is from Denver, Colorado.
Ruth Schuster is a senior editor and writer at Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, where she is responsible for the science, nature, archaeology and business verticals, as well as travel. During her 16 years with Haaretz, she also helped establish the English-language version of TheMarker, the group’s business and finance news, which she edited for ten years. Prior to her career with Haaretz, she freelanced, mainly working with international business journals. She is also active with animal-rights groups. Schuster holds a BSc in biology from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a major in molecular biology, and is fluent in English and Hebrew. She lives in Tel Aviv with a daughter and any animals who care to share the space.
Allie Wilkinson is a New York-based freelance journalist specializing in science, technology and the environment. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic News, Discover, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Slate, and various other publications in print and on the web. Wilkinson also writes and produces podcasts for Scientific American. In 2012, she was published in the anthology The Best Science Writing Online, formerly known as The Open Laboratory. Wilkinson earned a B.A. in environmental studies from Eckerd College and a certificate in conservation biology from Columbia University before going on to earn her M.A. in journalism from Hofstra University.