Ted Scripps Environmental Fellowships
Funded by his daughter, Cindy Scripps,
the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism at the
With seminars and field trips, the program brings participants together with leading environmental specialists. This helps journalists better understand key environmental issues, but it also helps the scientific community better understand the media and the way journalists work.
2010 -11 Fellows
Karen Coates, a freelance journalist, author, and media trainer, splits her time between Asia and the American Southwest after living in Thailand and Cambodia for several years. Coates is a correspondent for Archeology, writes a food culture column for The Faster Times and has written for publications including the Christian Science Monitor. She has published two books, including “Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of the War,” and has two books due out in 2011. Coates has a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana and a master's in a self-designed program in journalism, anthropology and international studies from the University of Oregon.
Erin Espelie, executive editor at Natural History magazine and filmmaker. At the magazine, she covers the interactions between humans and Earth’s natural processes and writes a monthly column, “The Natural Explanation.” Espelie also makes poetic nonfiction films about environmental issues, and recently premiered new works at the New York Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. She has a bachelor’s in molecular biology and genetics from Cornell University. For her project, Espelie will produce three short films on carbon-cycling and forests, aerosol pollutants, and the discovery of new microbial strains.
Leah McGrath Goodman, freelance journalist and author based in New York City. Formerly based in London, she has written business, news and culture stories for Condé Nast Portfolio, Forbes, Profile, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Guardian and The Financial Times. McGrath Goodman also worked as a special writer on the energy desk at Dow Jones Newswires for three years, where she covered global energy markets. Her first book, an insider's account of the lives and the times of the traders who built the global oil market, is due out in 2011. She has a bachelor’s in journalism and political science from St. Bonaventure University. McGrath Goodman's project will explore the little-known oil storage facility in Cushing, Okla., which is significant in setting world oil prices.
Ryan L. Nave, freelance journalist based in Seattle, Wash. Before moving to Seattle, Nave was a staff writer at Illinois Times for five years where he covered politics and state legislative issues as well as the Illinois' coal, nuclear, and biofuels industries. Recent stories have focused on the relationship between energy, the economy and the environment. He has won several journalism honors, including a first place award for government-beat reporting from the Illinois Press Association in 2009. Nave has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri. His project will focus on the environmental impacts of small-scale fossil fuel-burning power plants.
Jonathan Waldman, freelance journalist based in San Francisco, CA. He has written about science, culture, and the environment for newspapers, magazines, radio shows and blogs, including the Washington Post, McSweeney’s, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Outside magazine and High Country News. He spent the last two years living aboard and refurbishing a 30-year-old sailboat, and wrote about the experience for Outside’s blog. Waldman has a master’s in science journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Dartmouth. For his project he will delve into the epic man-versus-nature battle with rust.
For more information about the program, contact Len Ackland, co-director of the Center for Environmental Journalism, University of Colorado at 303-492-0459, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.colorado.edu/journalism/cej/cej/scripps_fellowships/index.html