Reporting on energy, water and climate for The Desert Sun and the USA Today Network in Southern California.
I'm a journalist based in Southern California, where I cover energy and the environment for The Desert Sun and the USA TODAY Network. My work has focused on the growth of renewable energy in the West, the balance between conservation and energy development on public lands, and water conservation strategies in the wake of California's historic drought. My reporting on financial conflicts of interest at a public agency in rural California, the Imperial Irrigation District, has resulted in more than $80 million in canceled solar and battery storage contracts, and an investigation by the local district attorney.
I joined The Desert Sun in 2014, after graduating from Columbia University with a degree in sustainable development and American studies. In 2017, I was a finalist in the annual IRE Awards honoring the best in investigative journalism, for my coverage of financial conflicts of interest at the Imperial Irrigation District. Also in 2017, I won first place in the annual Best of the West competition's environmental journalism category, for an eight-part series on climate change that I co-reported with my colleague Ian James. Several of my stories have been recognized by the Press Club of Atlantic City's National Headliner Awards and the California Newspaper Publishers Association, including "Rewiring the West," a three-part series on the future of the western power grid.
I've discussed my reporting on Marketplace, C-SPAN and several NPR member stations, including KPCC in Los Angeles. My work is featured regularly in USA TODAY. I also write a weekly email newsletter for USA TODAY, called Climate Point, about climate change, energy and the environment. Sign up by going to https://www.usatoday.com/featured-newsletter/climatepoint/.