Kristina covers environmental health and justice issues in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining EHN, Kristina covered issues related to environment and social justice as a freelancer for a wide range of digital media outlets including the Washington Post, Slate, Vice, Women's Health, MTV News, The Advocate, and Bustle.
She lives in Pittsburgh, where she spends much of her free time kayaking the city's iconic three rivers, consuming coffee and eating adventurously.
Artist Emily Marko "live doodles" to bring the power of art to weighty discussions. We caught up with her - and her Sharpies - at a meeting on lead and children's health.
PITTSBURGH—Artist and self-described "visual problem-solver" Emily Marko is not your typical doodler.
There's some debate over what the findings mean. But one thing is certain—people are breathing easier.
PITTSBURGH—Dawn Winters never had trouble breathing before she moved to Pittsburgh's Bellevue neighborhood in 2014, but within a year her doctor diagnosed her with asthma and prescribed a daily medication to keep her airways open.
Why is the air getting worse instead of better?
Pittsburgh's air quality is not only among the worst in the nation, but has actually declined in recent years, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.
"Instead of feeling tears of frustration, I'm here with tears of joy."
The Seneca Nation of Indians have declared victory after a proposed project to treat fracking wastewater at the headwaters of the Allegheny River was nixed by the local water authority. EHN previously reported on the widespread opposition to the project.
State and Allegheny County Health Department are both late in updating plans to address harmful particulate matter pollution
The EPA has put the state of Pennsylvania and the Allegheny County Health Department on warning—take swift action to reduce soot pollution in the region, or face sanctions.
Pennsylvania Superior Court rules that fracking natural gas from a neighboring property is trespassing
Landmark ruling could open the door to "hundreds of trespass lawsuits"
On Monday the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion that could have major ramifications for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the state: It states a company trespassed on a family's land by extracting natural gas from beneath their property while operating a fracking well next door.
"We can't do anything without water. It's the basis of all life. It's a sacred resource." The first report from our new Pittsburgh reporting bureau.
Last month more than 100 Seneca Nation tribal members showed up at the monthly meeting of the local municipal authority in the small town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, carrying protest signs and ceremonial drums.