Resilience Fellowship Program

2017 Fellows

Kevin Loria
Kevin Loria is a correspondent who covers science and health at Business Insider. He writes about the environment, exploration, the science of human performance, disease, and other topics. At BI he has investigated health technology companies, covered breaking news, written features and more. His writing has appeared in Slate, Inc., Yahoo News, Condé Nast Traveler and other publications.

Before working at BI, Kevin wrote about public policy, travel, and youth services. He’s spent time living and traveling in Europe, Asia, and South America. His photography has also been featured in several publications in New York City and Buenos Aires.

Talia Buford
Talia Buford covers disparities in environmental impacts for ProPublica. Previously she was an environment and labor reporter at The Center for Public Integrity, where her work focused mostly on wage theft and the Environmental Protection Agency’s lackluster enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. She also covered energy for POLITICO Pro, and started her career covering municipal and legal affairs at The Providence (R.I.) Journal.

Talia earned a master’s degree in the study of law from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hampton University.

Akshat Rathi
Akshat Rathi is a London-based reporter for Quartz. His work explores the intersection of science and society. He previously worked at The Economist and The Conversation and his stories have appeared in The Guardian, Ars Technica, Nature, and The Hindu. He graduated with a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.

Elizabeth Royte
A Brooklyn-based freelance writer, Elizabeth Royte is the author of three books (Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It; Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash; and The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest.) Her writing on science and the environment has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, and other national magazines.

Erik Ness
Since 1990 Erik Ness has crafted complex environmental narratives from his home in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the founding editor of the Progressive Media Project and has won Gold and Silver medals from the International Regional Magazine Association. His work has been published in a wide range of venues ranging from Milwaukee Magazine, Grow, and The Progressive to Discover, Prevention, and OnEarth.

Molly Peterson
Molly Peterson has reported on climate and environment for outlets including High Country News, NPR, CodeSwitch, KQED and The California Report, Marketplace, PRI’s The World, Here and Now, WWNO-FM and the Louisiana Public News Partnership. She was an environment correspondent for Southern California Public Radio until 2015.

More recently, in Los Angeles she created the City Heat Project which investigated urban heat and climate change as a California fellow for USC’s Center for Health Journalism and with support from the NASA-funded citizen climate observation project, ISeeChange. She traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda as a fellow for the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2017. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California and a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Erica Cirino
Erica Cirino is an international science writer and artist interested in exploring the human connection to nature – wild creatures in particular — in both her writing and art.

As a writer, Erica covers wildlife and the environment, and specializes in biology, conservation and policy. Her stories appear in publications such as Scientific American, VICE, Ars Technica, Audubon, The Atlantic, National Geographic Voices, The Center for Humans and Nature’s City Creatures blog, Nautilus Magazine and Undark Magazine.

Currently Erica is in the midst of her Go and See Tour: Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic, a series of presentations about her travels and experiences covering the story of plastic pollution.

Glynis Board
Glynis Board comes from a long line of Welsh coal miners, but was born and brought up in northern Appalachia. She’s been employed at West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2004. She worked as a freelancer and in the documentary and television production department at WVPB as a producer/video editor.

In 2012 Glynis switched over to radio and print journalism when she joined WVPB’s news department. Her focus now is largely energy and environmental reporting, looking closely at fossil fuel industries. Last year she joined a regional public media collaborative called Ohio Valley ReSource. She now also files stories for public media shows in the U.S., including Marketplace and All Things Considered. She’s also pursuing a master’s degree in education emphasizing leadership and community education.

Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski has published 25 books and more than 650 articles so far in the course of her freelance journalism career. She’s a regular contributor to both Science News for Students and Midwest Energy News. Other outlets for her work include Muse, Cobblestone, American Forests, Front Vision and other publications. Before turning to journalism, Kathi practiced environmental law and litigation with a large law firm based in Cleveland. She graduated from Hofstra University (B.A.) and Harvard Law School, where she was a note editor for the Harvard Law Review.

Aaron Reuben
Aaron Reuben is a freelance science writer living in Durham, NC, and a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Duke University. He studies environmental contributions to cognitive development, mental health, and aging, and writes about nature, neuroscience, and public health.

Caty Arevalo
Caty Arevalo is an award-winning environmental reporter. For the last 15 years she has worked as a correspondent, editor, and producer for the world’s largest Spanish-language news organization, EFE, primarily covering climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable development. Based in Madrid, she was co-founder of EFEverde, EFE’s online platform for environmental news. Arevalo is expert in climate change communication, and she authored a study on climate change coverage in Europe for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) at Oxford University. She was also a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Clair MacDougall
Clair MacDougall is an independent journalist based in Liberia and reporting throughout Africa. She has written about justice for war crimes, government corruption, drug abuse, former female child soldiers, women’s rights and social justice issues. Clair has worked as a field producer on award winning documentaries and received the Kurt Schork Award for her coverage of the Ebola epidemic.

Clair holds an honors degree in political theory and a masters from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is a recent Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is currently writing a book about West Point, Monrovia’s most infamous slum.

Andrew Bossone
Andrew Bossone is a producer for the PBS NewsHour in Washington, DC. Prior to joining PBS, he spent more than a decade abroad as a multimedia journalist primarily based in the Middle East working for regional and international media outlets. He holds degrees in journalism from Temple and Northwestern universities as well as in Arab and Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut.

Tegan Wendland
Tegan Wendland reports on the gulf coast for the NPR affiliate WWNO-FM in New Orleans.

Tegan got her start in radio as an undergrad at a small Wisconsin Public Radio bureau on the shores of Lake Superior. After working at several stations in the Midwest, she was hired as a reporter/host at WRKF in Baton Rouge, where she fell in love with the south and became fixated on Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis. She returned to Wisconsin to pursue an M.S. in science communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which prepared her to dig into coastal land loss and climate change.

Tegan’s recent stories have highlighted the lack of federal assistance for relocation efforts, how land loss impacts culture and history, and the business and economics of restoration. In 2015 she flew to Paris to cover climate talks and their impact on Louisiana.

Charlie Hoxie
Charlie Hoxie is a filmmaker and video journalist based in Brooklyn. Originally from Evanston, IL, he studied geology at Amherst College before moving to New York in 2006. In 2011 he received his MA in journalism from NYU, specializing in News & Documentary. His thesis documentary, a 22-minute look at the Passive House method of energy-efficient building, aired on NYC-TV after an international festival run.

After NYU, Hoxie was hired as a staff producer for BRIC TV, a non-profit media company in Brooklyn, where he continues to work. He has won two New York Emmy awards during his tenure there.

Hoxie is currently developing Frameworks, a series of in-depth documentary shorts examining extraordinary New York characters, and directing a feature documentary about the author, space travel advocate, PR guru, and chronic fatigue syndrome survivor Howard Bloom. In 2016, Hoxie edited the short film Hairat, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Sebastian Auyanet
Sebastian Auyanet has been a journalist since 2005. He has worked as a reporter and later an editor for a number of traditional newspapers in Uruguay, including El Observador and El País, from the metro news desk to entertainment and tech. A Fulbright scholar, he came to New York this year to be a part of the Social Journalism program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where he is focusing his work on energy insecurity.

James Harding Giahyue
James Harding Giahyue is a leading Liberian journalist with more than 13 years of experience in journalism. Giahyue has been an editor with the FrontPage Africa, New Republic, Insight and The Catalyst newspapers. His professional editorship of The Catalyst during the Ebola crisis in 2014 was recognized by the American Journal for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Currently, James is a text and photo stringer with Reuters news agency and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a Fellow with New Narratives and a freelance journalist based in Monrovia. His areas of reporting interest are environment (climate change), arts and culture and politics, particularly justice for war victims.

He has a degree in political science and mass communication from the United Methodist University.

Jodi Rave Spotted Bear
Jodi Rave Spotted Bear founded the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance in June 2016. The organization’s vision and mission aims to provide media literacy-freedom of information, in-depth reporting and broadcast news and programming for and about American Indian communities. News from the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance is published on the Buffalo’s Fire website, which also supports the work of other independent media operations serving Indian Country.

Jodi Rave worked at mainstream daily print newspapers for nearly 15 years. She spent 11 years doing national news beat reporting on American Indians for Lee Newspapers. She has won mainstream, military and Native American awards for news stories and opinion pieces. She also presented on environmental issues at the 2008 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway.

Jodi Rave was selected as a Harvard University Nieman Fellow in 2003. She is the first and only American Indian woman to serve as a Nieman Fellow, one of the oldest fellowship programs for journalists in the United States.



The Resilience Fellowship is designed for mid-career journalists who have some background reporting on environmental issues as a staff reporter, producer, editor, or freelancer.  Applicants should have at least five years of full-time professional experience. In special cases, we will consider less experienced applicants who have demonstrated outstanding journalistic achievement.

We are looking for journalists interested in improving both the quality and quantity of their coverage of climate resilience issues. We want journalists who will be active throughout the fellowship, willing to take on the challenges we present.

We will consider applicants who fall into either of the following categories:

  • Journalists who are employed by a news organization or freelance full-time as writers, producers, editors, photographers, or multimedia reporters.
  • Journalism innovators whose ideas have potential to alter the journalism landscape in a fundamental way.

We encourage applications from international journalists who are proficient in speaking and writing English.



Applications for this year’s program are now closed. Please watch this site for announcement of next year’s fellowship.