About EHN.org and DailyClimate.org
Journalism that drives the discussion
We are a publication of Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to driving science into public discussion and policy on environmental health issues, including climate change.
We are an independent, reader- and foundation-funded organization that reports, publishes and curates journalism on environmental topics. We have two goals:
- Put events and science driving the day's news in a larger context
- Share our perspective as journalists and scientists with considerable expertise in the field.
We've been at this since 2002 and have published EHN.org continuously since Aug. 2, 2003.
Regional reporting bureaus
In February 2018 we opened in Pittsburgh the first of what will be a string of regional reporting bureaus.
The hope is that, by bringing national attention and expertise to regional environmental health issues, we can raise awareness, spur public literacy, and move the needle locally on key issues involving our health and environment.
Pittsburgh makes a great test case given its national relevance on air quality, asthma, fracking, groundwater pollution and environmental justice. You can find our reporting on those topics and much more on our special Pittsburgh page. You can also get that news weekly in your inbox via our dedicated PGH newsletter, delivered every Friday.
Read more about the bureau, and our philosophy behind it, here.
We're scouting sites now for our second and third bureaus. If you have ideas, email executive director Douglas Fischer at email@example.com
More about our team:
Douglas Fischer, executive editor
Douglas atop Mt. Baldy, just outside Bozeman, Mont.
Fischer is passionate about driving science into public discussion and policy on environmental health, justice and climate issues. He has been with Environmental Health Science since 2008, when he joined to help launch EHN.org's sister site, DailyClimate.org. Fischer has spent 25 years in journalism, including stints at the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune and Newsweek. He lives with his wife and two children in Bozeman, Mont., where he is an elected member of the Bozeman School District Board of Trustees.
Pete Myers, founder and chief scientist
Myers founded Environmental Health Sciences in 2002. He holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from UC Berkeley and a BA from Reed College. For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Va. Along with co-authors Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski, Myers wrote Our Stolen Future, a 1996 book that explores the scientific basis for how contamination threatens fetal development. He is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.
Among many awards, Myers received the $50,000 Frank Hatch "Sparkplug Award" for Enlightened Public Service from the John Merck Fund in 2013, the Laureate Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Endocrine Society in 2016 and the "Distinguished Achievement Award" from the Sierra Club in 2017. He was also named one of the first-ever "Champions of Environmental Health Research" by the National Institutes of Health.
A lifelong birder, Myers' photographs of birds have appeared in several shows and publications.
Brian Bienkowski, senior editor
Bienkowski joined EHN in 2012 and had an immediate impact, anchoring a reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for EHN.org's 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. He also won 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists, and has received awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and The Aronson Social Justice Journalism Awards.
He holds a master's degree in environmental journalism and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He lives with his wife, Dani, and their four-legged friends in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he can be found playing mandolin or untangling his fly line from stream side tag alders.
Reach Bienkowski via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Pyle, editor and director of research
Pyle has been with the organization since 2004. As research director she defines the type and sources of news offered on the EHN and Daily Climate websites. As editor she has a knack for keeping our facts straight, our assumptions in check and our syntax crisp.
She holds a Masters in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area.
Reach Pyle Brunton via email at email@example.com or on the phone at 203-915-8812
Kristina Marusic, reporter
Marusic joined EHN in 2018 to cover environmental health and justice issues in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining EHN, Marusic 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. Her reporting on environmental health in western Pennsylvania for Public Source won a first-place award in the Keystone Society of Professional Journalists' Spotlight Contest in 2017.
Marusic holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Hofstra University, and is the co-founder and chair of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association of LGBT Journalists (a.k.a. NLGJA). She lives with her partner in Pittsburgh where she spends much of her free time kayaking the city's iconic three rivers, consuming artisanal coffee and eating adventurously.
Peter Dykstra, editor, weekend review
None on our staff has a deeper history in journalism than Dykstra. During a 17-year career at CNN, Dykstra was executive producer for science, environment, weather and technology coverage. He shared an Emmy award for CNN's coverage of the 1993 Mississippi River floods; a Dupont-Columbia Award for the network's reporting on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and a Peabody Award for the 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to CNN, Dykstra was national media director for Greenpeace, setting up the organization's U.S. media operations.
He can be heard weekly on Public Radio International's Living on Earth. Dykstra has a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Boston University and lives in Atlanta.
Megan McLaughlin, researcher
McLaughlin joined EHN in 2007 as part of the 'night owl' research team, curating content from the Pacific time zone after the East Coast team logged off. She completed a bachelor's degree in International Relations from California State University Chico, and holds masters' degrees in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University and in Counseling Education from Portland State University. She teaches online psychology courses when she's not reading articles about environmental health.
A northern California native, she currently lives in the soggy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, reveling in Portland's coffeehouses, breweries, and food carts. She is learning to enjoy running in the rain.
Reach McLaughlin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Germond, researcher
Germond is an elusive critter, hard to photograph but deeply knowledgable in all things environmental health and climate change. He's veteran researcher, having curated stories for us since Firefox was the hot new thing in web browsers. He splits his time between New Mexico and Vermont.
Autumn Spanne, researcher
Autumn is an EHN researcher and independent journalist who writes about science, the environment, education, and travel. Her stories have been featured in EHN and The Daily Climate, as well as National Geographic, The Guardian, Reveal, Scientific American, the Christian Science Monitor, InsideClimate News, and CNN. She was a 2016-2017 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a 2006-2007 fellow of the Metcalf Institute for Environmental and Marine Reporting.
Previously, Autumn taught English and journalism on the Navajo Nation and later worked as an editor at Youth Communication, an award-winning educational publishing company in New York that trains young people in writing and journalism. Autumn holds an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, an MA in education from Western New Mexico University, and a BA in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Barcelona.
Gwen Ranniger, program assistant
Ranniger joined EHN in 2020 and aids the team in special projects, general program upkeep, and archival revitalization. She completed a bachelor's degree in Political Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, additionally graduating with three minors in History, European Studies, and Communications because one just wasn't enough.
She currently resides in Bozeman, Montana, moving there in 2019 after living in rain-drenched Ketchikan, Alaska, for the majority of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, cooking, and extensively researching niche and trivial subjects.
Lucy Jakub, reporting intern
Lucy Jakub is a student in the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT, and is working with EHN for summer 2020. She received her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and worked as an editorial assistant at The New York Review of Books. Her writing on natural history has appeared in Harper's Magazine, National Geographic, and The New York Review Daily. She grew up in Down East Maine and now lives on the beach in Los Angeles.
Kate Petersen, reporting intern
Kate Petersen is a master's student in the Graduate Program in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who specializes in reporting on earth and planetary sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science dual degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she studied ecology and biology.
She is excited to be joining the Environmental Health News team for the summer and hopes to report on climate change, water quality issues, and environmental justice.
Why do we publish news you don't like?
We get this question a lot.
We review and curate hundreds of stories and opinion pieces on vital issues every week involving health, pollution, nature, energy and more. Passions run high on these topics, and both science and politics can be contentious.
We have a high opinion of our readership; we don't believe that you need to be protected from exposure to news perspectives or opinions with which you may strongly disagree. Our assumption is that we do our job best by showing you a broad sampling of what's being written and reported on the topics we all care about. You may not like everything we post. But as journalists, we're committed to showing you the whole picture.
Environmental Health Sciences is a project of Virginia Organizing, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Charlottesville, Va., and dedicated to fighting injustice.
Editorial independence and integrity is paramount. We are committed to practicing journalism according to its highest standards.
Funding comes from readers like you (donate here to support our journalism!), advertising and several foundations:
- Foundation for the Carolinas
- Marisla Foundation
- Broad Reach Fund
- Wallace Genetic Foundation
- Turner Foundation
- Forsythia Foundation
- The Heinz Endowments
You can find more information about Virginia Organizing, including its most recent federal 990 Forms, here on Guidestar.
EHS Advisory Board
As a project of Virginia Organizing, EHS does not have a governing board. But we do rely on a diverse group of distinguished leaders in their respective fields for guidance and strategic advice:
Dr. Pete Myers, chair, founder and chief scientist, EHS
Julie Jones, co-founder, Advancing Green Chemistry
Lina Constantinovici, founder, Innovation 4.4
Marty Kearns, founder, Netcentric Campaigns
Derrick Jackson, climate and energy fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists
Matt Kayhoe, CEO, Kayhoe Consulting
More information about our board is available here.
Our policy is simple: We value your privacy as much as ours. Read how we do so here.
Douglas Fischer, executive director
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