Energy & Environment Track: Covering climate change's winners and losers

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Robert Benincasa of NPR; Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones; Kendra Pierre-Louis of The New York Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 9:00am
  • Location: Texas G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

We’ll look at how government policies, structural inequities and economic incentives intersect to determine who is affected by climate change, and how. We’ll discuss deregulation, disaster response, and industry behavior from the perspective of several recent projects that explore the human costs of a changing climate. We’ll maintain a practical focus on how local reporters can track the effects of climate change in their own communities.

Speaker Bios

  • Robert Benincasa does data analysis and reporting for NPR's Investigations Unit in Washington, D.C. His recent work includes a data analysis showing that U.S. coal miners have been exposed to toxic quartz dust in violation of federal health standards. The exposures are linked to an epidemic of a deadly form of black lung disease. Benincasa has been with NPR since 2008 and previously worked for The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press and Gannett News Service in Washington.

  • Rebecca Leber is an environmental reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington, DC bureau. Previously she was an editor for Grist and a staff writer for The New Republic. In 2017 the SEAL awards recognized her as one of the 10 best environmental journalists in the U.S. She’s also completed media fellowships with CUNY Graduate Journalism and Vermont Law School. @RebLeber

  • Kendra Pierre-Louis is a reporter with The New York Times on the Climate Desk, where she writes about climate change. Before joining the Times, Ms. Pierre-Louis was an environment reporter with Popular Science.  She is also the author of Green Washed: Why We Can't Buy Our Way to a Green Planet. Ms. Pierre-Louis is in a long-standing feud with mayonnaise and those who insist on its widespread application.

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