About EHN.org and DailyClimate.org
Journalism that drives the discussion
We are a publication of Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit 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 news organization that reports, publishes and curates journalism on environmental topics. We have two goals:
- Put events driving the day's news in a larger context
- Share our perspective as journalists with considerable expertise in the field.
We've been at this since 2002.
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, in this notice we published in February.
We're scouting sites now for our second and third bureaus. If you have ideas, email executive director Douglas Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org
More about our team:
Douglas Fischer, executive editor
Douglas atop Mt. Baldy, just outside Bozeman, Mont.
Fischer has been with Environmental Health Science since 2008, when he joined to help launch the journalism on EHN.org's sister site, DailyClimate.org. Fischer has spent almost 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 learning to play piano, raises chickens, and 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.
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 fiancé, Dani, and their five (!) 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.
Laura Pyle Brunton, editor and research manager
Pyle Brunton has been with the organization since 2004. As research manager she helps define the type of news and sources offered on the EHN website. 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 have 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.
Heather Mongilio, intern reporter
Heather Mongilio joined EHN as an intern in May 2018. Before joining EHN, she worked as a crime and courts reporter in Carroll County, Maryland and as a hyperlocal news reporter in Arlington County, Virginia.
She is currently pursuing her master's degree in science writing from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and psychology from American University. She is currently sharing her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Ellicott City, Maryland.
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.
Johanna Murphy, researcher
Johanna Murphy is a writer, editor, teacher and cultural critic from Pittsburgh PA. She holds a Bachelor's in Philosophy and after twenty years in marketing for the recording industry, trades education and workforce development, Murphy earned her M.F.A. in Nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. She's thrilled to be a small part of the important work that EHN.org is doing.
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.
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- Foundation for the Carolinas
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- Wallace Genetic Foundation
- Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
- Turner Foundation
- Forsythia Foundation
- The Heinz Endowments
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