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​Grace van Deelen, reporting intern

​Grace van Deelen, reporting intern

Grace was a reporting intern for EHN, where she covered plastic pollution, environmental justice, and mental health. She's also a graduate student in the science writing program at MIT, where she's been writing about the Line 5 oil pipeline, marine mammal genetics, and threats facing wild rice in Minnesota, among other topics.

Grace grew up in Wisconsin and spent her undergraduate years in the Boston area, studying biology and anthropology. After researching coffee plants in Costa Rica and honey bees in the Midwest, she realized she'd rather be writing about the environment than studying it, and she's excited to hone her skills at EHN

You can get in touch with her at gracecvandeelen@gmail.com, or at her website, gracevandeelen.weebly.com.

Huanjia Zhang

Huanjia is a reporting intern for EHN and a graduate journalism student at NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. At EHN, Huanjia unearths stories on how the environment is impacting people from all walks of life. He covers issues from toxics to environmental justice and to food and agriculture inequalities.

Huanjia was born and raised in Yantai, a cozy city on China's northeast coast. Before becoming a journalist, Huanjia was a scientist, researching the human microbiome at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Trading his pipettes for pens, Huanjia hopes to make the world a cleaner, safer, and more just place with his reporting.

You can share comments/story ideas with Huanjia (or ask him about his homemade dumpling recipes) at zhanghuanjia9@gmail.com. You can also find him on Twitter @huanjia_zhang.

Elizabeth Gribkoff, reporting intern

Elizabeth is a reporting intern at EHN, where she will cover toxics and environmental justice issues. She is also a Master's student at MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing. While at MIT, Elizabeth investigated what makes people in rural Illinois support or oppose wind energy — and what that says about the fate of U.S. renewable energy projects more broadly.

Before coming to MIT, Elizabeth worked for two years as the energy and environment reporter at VTDigger, an investigative news site and Vermont's largest newsroom. In that role, she covered everything from drinking water contamination to unintended consequences of climate change policy. Elizabeth has also built trails in the Bay Area and researched bee pollination at blueberry farms. When not writing, she can be found backpacking, climbing, cooking, and cross-country skiing.

To get in touch, email Elizabeth at elizabeth.gribkoff@gmail.com. To see more of Elizabeth's writing, click here and follow her on Twitter @eliz_gribkoff.

Krystal Vasquez, Health and Justice fellow

Krystal Vasquez is an environmental scientist turned science writer, who will be joining EHN as an environmental health and justice fellow. She hopes to write about air quality, climate change, and how the two disproportionately impacted overlooked marginalized groups. Previously, she was a fellow for EHN's Agents of Change program, where she wrote about the intersection of environmental justice and disability. Through her writing, she also fiercely advocates for the creation of more inclusive and accessible STEM environments.

You can learn more about her on her website kvasquez.me. To get in touch, you can email her at krystaltvasquez@gmail.com

Cameron Oglesby, reporting intern

Cameron is an reporting intern for EHN, hoping to write about the intersection between people, planet, place, and justice as it relates to health and climate sciences. She is a senior at Duke University studying Environmental Science and Policy and Policy Journalism and Media Studies. A longtime Ecologist, artist, and a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, Cameron was an Editorial Intern and Reporter for Grist and a Climate and Culture Editorial Fellow for the Wilderness Society.

Outside of EHN, she is the President of Duke's Undergraduate Environmental Union, Director of Environmental Affairs and Policy for Duke Student Government, and an undergraduate representative for Duke's Board of Trustees Climate Change and Sustainability Task Force. She is an Editorial Assistant for Southerly Magazine, a nonprofit outlet covering environmental justice in the American South, and Graphics Editor and a podcaster on race and identity for the Duke Chronicle. She is also currently writing her first book: a series of narratives highlighting the inherent touchpoints between traditions, cultures, spirituality, and natural landscapes.

You can learn more about here. To get in touch you can message her on Twitter @caminunderland

Quinn Alexander McVeigh, reporting intern

Residing in Tucson, Ariz., McVeigh looks to spend his time with EHN shedding light on some of the pressing issues facing the desert, but also wants to expand his knowledge on the environmental risks facing forest biodiversity, U.S. coastal communities and marginalized populations.

As a student in journalism and environmental studies at the University of Arizona, McVeigh has been able to practice many different forms of writing, from scientific to the classic grade-school MLA style, but none gets him more excited than news writing. After interning with multiple nonprofits as well as a Tucson news organization, McVeigh's interest in EHN goes beyond just the writing, as he also wants to expand his knowledge on the management of nonprofits. In his free time, McVeigh enjoys playing basketball, watching documentaries and spending time in the water during Arizona's 120 degree summers.

To reach/pitch story ideas, email at qmcveigh@email.arizona.edu.

Rowan Gould-Bayba, video production

Video intern Rowan Gould-Bayba

Rowan Gould-Bayba, video productionRowan created videos to engage readers with environmental health issues. He is a sophomore at Oberlin College double majoring in Environmental Studies and Cinema Studies. He wants to use his skills in documentation to bring attention to environmental and social justice issues, as well as develop his eye as a visual artist.You can contact Rowan through his website here, or via email at rowangbfisher@gmail.com.

Kate S. Petersen, Reporting intern

Petersen was an EHN intern in the summer of 2020, reporting on microplastics, climate change, and energy.

Lucy Jakub, Reporting intern

Jakub was an EHN intern in the summer of 2020, reporting on biodiversity.

Andrew Blok, Reporting intern

Blok was an EHN intern in the summer of 2019, writing about the Great Lakes and biodiversity. He continues to freelance for EHN.

Madeleine Turner, Reporting intern

Turner was an EHN intern in the summer of 2019, reporting on pipelines and biodiversity.

Emily Makowski, Reporting intern

Makowski was an EHN intern in the summer of 2019, reporting on food and biodiversity.

Heather Mongilio, Reporting intern

Mongilio was an EHN intern in the summer of 2018, reporting on natural disasters, the intersection of mental health and the environment, and toxics. She is currently a military affairs reporter at the Capital Gazette.

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