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Washington Post climate journalists get new jobs

December 27, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

Washington Post climate and environment editor Zachary A. Goldfarb and deputy climate and environment editor Juliet Eilperin sent out the following on Tuesday:

We are thrilled to announce that as part of the Climate team’s ongoing expansion, several of our staffers have taken on new roles over the past year.

Michael Birnbaum has joined the Climate team to cover climate solutions, innovations and geopolitics. He moved over last year from the Foreign desk, where he reported over the years from more than 40 countries as The Post’s bureau chief in Berlin, Moscow and Brussels. He covered conflict in Libya and Ukraine and elsewhere, along with Brexit, populism and terrorist attacks across Europe. And he contributed to our coverage last year of Pegasus spyware, which won a Polk Award.

Since joining, he has written about the British general pushing his military to be greener, Europe’s crash effort to install heat pumps to free itself from Russian energy, and growing worries that the biggest enemy of many armies is natural disasters.

Brady Dennis has moved to Durham, N.C., to become one of our domestic climate correspondents, focused primarily on the South and Southeast.

Already this year, Brady has written about houses falling into the sea on the Outer Banks, described the phenomenon of ghost forests caused by climate change and delivered an illuminating dispatch about the rise in “billion-dollar disasters” through the tale of one N.C. mountain community ravaged by floods. He has written about how government buyouts have upended one coastal community in South Carolina and recently took readers on a journey of hundreds of miles through numerous states to document life along the historically drought-stricken Mississippi River.

Brady was part of the Post team that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for the series “2C: Beyond the Limit.” He is also a two-time Pulitzer finalist – in 2009 for stories with Robert O’Harrow that documented the near-collapse of AIG during the financial crisis and in 2022 as part of a series about environmental racism.

Darryl Fears, who is on a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University until the end of May, will return this summer to cover environmental justice. This beat, which he created before taking leave, investigates the intersection of government policy and pollution in communities in the United States and the world.

Darryl has covered everything from a reckoning over the lack of diversity in green groups to the creation of a mountainous toxic waste dump next door to a woman’s home in Dallas. He was the lead reporter on the environmental racism package that was a 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist in the National Reporting category.

Dino Grandoni, who covers wildlife, biodiversity and other climate and environmental subjects, last month relaunched Animalia, a column exploring the strange and fascinating world of animals and the ways in which we appreciate, imperil and depend on them. Previously, he covered the Environmental Protection Agency and wrote a daily tip sheet on energy and environmental policy, The Energy 202.

In recent months, he has filed stories out at sea in the North Atlanticfrom the middle of a remote Nevada desert and near an erupting Hawaiian volcano to report on endangered whales, toads and other natural wonders. His Animalia column includes stories on shrews that “eat” their own brain and an unexpected reason to reconsider eating lobster.

Sarah Kaplan has moved to a new beat covering climate science and the effects of climate change on people across the world – as well as humanity’s response. In this role, Sarah will cover major scientific findings about the toll of rising temperatures, as well as global efforts to deal with the devastation that’s already underway. This year she has written about a Peruvian farmer’s lawsuit against a major emitter, the dangers of toiling in India’s extreme heat and the mental health effects of climate disasters. She also led The Post’s coverage of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Egypt and is in the running for the hotly contested title of “top tree reporter” on the Climate team.

Sarah started her Post career as an intern in the Style section and has since written for KidsPost, Morning Mix and the Health and Science section. Her coverage of space and the environment has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union and was included in the anthology “America’s Best Science and Nature Writing.”

Josh Partlow has moved to Olympia, Wash., to serve as a domestic climate correspondent covering the West. He has traveled across the West to capture its changing landscape, writing about a Pacific Northwest town inundated by wildfire smoke, the curiosity seekers drawn to a vanishing Lake Mead, and the dwindling reserves of the Colorado River amid a record drought. His environmental work has also taken him to Yellowstone to chronicle the fight over killing wolves and to the Alaskan Arctic to report on a controversial oil drilling venture.

Partlow won The Post’s Ben Bradlee Award for Courage in Journalism and has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club and the South Asian Journalists Association for his reporting in Afghanistan. He is the author of the book “A Kingdom of their Own.”

We also had two members of the Capital Weather Gang, Jason Samenow and Kasha Patel, join the Climate section.

As global weather editor, Jason leads the weather pod’s national and international coverage of weather science and extreme events, including hurricanes, blizzards, droughts and floods as well as natural phenomena such as solar storms, volcanoes and the night sky. He also continues to lead the Capital Weather Gang’s in-depth coverage of D.C.-area weather and serves as The Post’s chief meteorologist.

Under his leadership, his team produced penetrating analysis throughout the hurricane seasons, including stories on why Floridians miscalculated the risks from Hurricane Ian and why many Americans misunderstand the well-known hurricane “cone.” Pieces illuminating the megatsunami triggered by the asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs and the science of snowflakes also proved popular with readers.

Kasha continues to cover scientific findings about weather and climate, while reporting stories that tap into people’s curiosity about Earth through our new Hidden Planet column. She is working to bring more video and a dash of humor into the climate and weather coverage. Her recent columns have shown what a crater in Canada tells us about those on the moon and scientists’ surprise at space hurricanes near the North Pole. Working with climate and weather breaking news video editor John Farrell, she has investigated how mating is changing in a hotter world.

Please join us in congratulating Michael, Brady, Darryl, Sarah, Josh, Dino, Jason and Kasha on their new roles.

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