Marianne Lavelle joins The Daily Climate staff

April 3, 2014 

Veteran reporter joins news site to bring new focus on climate science and its interplay with society.

Daily Climate staff report

Marianne-200TThe Daily Climate is bringing on a seasoned journalist as its climate science reporter. National Geographic senior editor Marianne Lavelle will bring her award-winning talents to the site beginning in late April.

Marianne injects tremendous spark and experience to both The Daily Climate and the larger field of nonprofit journalism
- Douglas Fischer,
The Daily Climate

"Marianne injects tremendous spark and experience to both The Daily Climate and the larger field of nonprofit journalism," said Douglas Fischer, editor of the news and aggregation site. "We're going to have fun developing, exploring and owning this beat."

Lavelle spent four years leading National Geographic's online energy coverage. Prior to that she reported on climate change for the Center for Public Integrity and on energy for U.S. News and World Report. Among her awards are the George Polk Award for investigative reporting and the Scripps-Howard Foundation's Meeman Award for environmental journalism. Lavelle was a finalist for the National Academies of Science Communications Awards and the National Magazine Awards.

"I am thrilled to be joining The Daily Climate team in the quest to find and tell untold stories that deepen understanding of the profound crisis we all now face," said Lavelle. 

"I'm impressed by their focus, their dedication to high-caliber independent journalism, and their commitment to taking a hard look at how and why science has failed to ignite needed policy change." 

Two other reporters

The position is funded by a grant from the United Nations Foundation. 

The position is funded by a grant from the United Nations Foundation. Founded in 1998 by Ted Turner, the UN Foundation strives to link the UN's work with others around the world to help the UN tackle climate, health, peace, women's and poverty issues.

Lavelle's reporting will appear in both The Daily Climate and its sister site, Environmental Health News, the leading journalism news site on environmental issues affecting the health of people, ecosystems and wildlife worldwide. 

Her work will appear alongside that of two other staff reporters for The Daily Climate and Environmental Health News.

Brian Bienkowski was part of the reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for Environmental Health News' 2012 series, "Pollution, Poverty, People of Color." He also won a 2013 award for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his coverage of the Great Lakes region.

Lindsey Konkel was also part of the reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for the "Pollution, Poverty, People of Color" series. She joined Environmental Health News in 2009 as an intern, stayed on as a researcher for the daily aggregation, and in 2013 was named staff writer.

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