I’m a news editor who is originally from Chicago and has worked as a mechanical engineer. I changed careers to study journalism and environmental studies. Starting a news website about clean energy has led to me working at Yale Center for Business and the Environment, where I teach online media skills to a lively group of motivated students.
Our team is expanding the articles, infographics and videos published by Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. These are two sites I am building in collaboration with students and a nonprofit organization. We are experimenting with the latest innovations in online media and environmental communication. Both sites are using a “solutions journalism” approach to producing cutting-edge, pragmatic business news.
Yale University brought Clean Energy Finance Forum on board after I built its initial iteration for a small national NGO, Clean Energy Finance Center. The website has been growing since 2012.
I’ve also edited two magazines: BuildingEnergy and Renewable Energy World Magazine. My reporting has appeared in Midwest Energy News, Scientific American, Earth Island Journal, ecoRI News, On Wisconsin, and other publications. I’m a member of Online News Association, Solutions Journalism Network, Editorial Freelancers Association, and Society of Environmental Journalists. In 2014, I founded a professional group called STEM Media in Western Massachusetts, which is active online today. I am also a co-organizer of ONA Western New England.
My journalistic beat has included:
- clean-energy finance and technology
- modern retrofits for climate resilience and green building
- urban and rural ecosystems and brownfields
- workplace safety and chemicals
- socially responsible tech innovation
- diversity in the environmental movement (class, region, nationality and ethnicity)
When I was still living in the Midwest, I completed a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. My thesis analyzed how news reporters framed the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge energy resources debate.
For four years, I was a writer and editor at the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, a national initiative advancing diversity-friendly teaching techniques in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at colleges and universities.
After doing web editing and technical writing for an energy-efficiency research nonprofit for two years, I moved to Boston, started my own science writing business, and began producing clean-energy news almost immediately. This led to my current role.
As an engineer, I constructed parts for hybrid race cars before hybrid cars were on the market. I also built and tested HVAC systems to cool power electronics that were connected to utility power grids.