Environmental Health News

 
EnvironmentalHealthNews.org is an independent, nonprofit news organization founded in 2002. 
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Mission



Environmental Health News is an independent, foundation-funded news organization that reports, publishes and contextualizes news stories on environmental topics.

Articles by EHN journalists are published at EHN.org and provided to newspapers and other media. EHN also offers a unique daily contextualization of articles on environmental health topics published in the world press.

Our editorial team of journalists and researchers reviews upwards of 200 news stories, opinions and editorials a day. We aim to connect dots, putting events driving the day's news in a larger context for our audience and sharing our perspective as reporters with considerable expertise in the field.

Our searchable archives of media coverage on environmental health, energy and climate change date back to 2002. Our daily electronic newsletter, called Above The Fold, and our weekly children's health and energy newsletters are available for free. EHN is funded by foundations and readers and does not accept funding from interest groups. 

EHN is funded by foundations and readers and does not accept funding from interest groups. RSS feeds are available for free and are used by more than 300 other websites around the world. Our enterprise articles and investigative pieces have been published in a variety of other media, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, Seattle Times and Scientific American. They can be republished as long as EHN and the author are credited at the beginning of the article, and a link is provided back to the EHN article. For more information on access to our articles, contact Douglas Fischer at dfischer@ehn.org.

EHN's has won national recognition for its reporting. Our 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color won honorable mention at the Oakes Award. Editor Brian Bienkowski was twice selected as runner-up in the Society of Environmental Journalism's beat reporting award for environmental coverage. Former staff writer Brett Israel was a finalist in the 2013 Livingston Award for Young Journalists for his portrait of diabetes in Anniston, Ala.

Why we sometimes publish things you don’t like.

The EHN team aggregates hundreds of stories and opinion pieces on vital issues every week involving health, pollution, nature, energy and more. Passions run high on these topics and both the science and politics can be intense and contentious.

We have a high opinion of our readership, and we don’t believe that you need to be protected from exposure to news perspectives or opinions you may strongly disagree with. Our assumption is that we’re serving our audience by showing you as much as possible about what’s being written and reported on the topics we all care about. You may not like everything we post. But as journalists, we’re committed to showing you the whole picture.


Pete Myers, Founder and Chief Scientist, EHSMyers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences. He holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from UC Berkeley and a BA from Reed College. For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Along with co-authors Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski, Myers wrote Our Stolen Future, a 1996 book that explores the scientific basis for how contamination threatens fetal development.

Myers has chaired the board of the Science Communication Network since its founding in 2003 and also serves as board chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. He is a trustee of the Jenifer Altman Foundation. Until its merger with Pew Charitable Trusts in late 2007, he was Board Chair of the National Environmental Trust. He also has served as Board President of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, an association of 40+ foundations supporting work on biodiversity, climate, energy and environmental health. In 2013 Myers was awarded the $50,000 Frank Hatch "Sparkplug" Award for Enlightened Public Service by The John Merck Fund. 

434-220-0348
jpmyers@ehn.org, Twitter @petemyers

Pete Myers, Founder and Chief Scientist

Todd Koym,
Chief Technology Officer

Koym earned a B.B.A. from Texas Christian University in 1989. He worked as a systems engineer for EDS (now part of HP) until 1995. During this time, he worked on system implementations for state and private sector contracts. Since completing an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota in 1997, he has been helping environmental nonprofits make better use of technology.

He has been the programmer for Environmental Health Sciences since its beginning, and prior to that worked at the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Va. He lives in Charlottesville, where his hobbies include woodworking and repairing vintage sewing machines.

tkoym@ehn.org

Todd Koym
 

Douglas Fischer,
Director
Journalist Douglas Fischer joined Environmental Health Sciences in 2008 as editor of The Daily Climate, EHN.org's sister site focuing on energy, climate change and the environment. In 2015 he became director of both The Daily Climate and Environmental Health News.

From 2001 through 2008, Fischer covered the environment for the Oakland Tribune and a number of San Francisco Bay Area papers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. Prior to that he spent five years in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where, among other hats, he was the paper’s restaurant reviewer. He started his journalism career New York City, in Newsweek’s Letters Department.

His articles have won numerous national and regional awards, among them an Award of Merit from the inaugural Grantham Prize, the world’s largest journalism prize. Data from one of his investigations, of a typical family’s chemical body burden, was published in a peer-reviewed article in a leading public health journal in 2006, and he has lectured on environmental health and journalism in conferences, seminars and classrooms across the country.

Fischer has a degree in philosophy from Columbia University and lives with his wife and two children in Bozeman, Mont. He is a Board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

406-219-3816 or dfischer@ehn.org

Douglas Fischer, Daily Climate Editor

Brian Bienkowski,
Editor
Bienkowski serves as editor of Environmental Health News and its sister site, The Daily Climate. He was part of the reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for EHN's 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. He also won 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Beat Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his coverage of the Great Lakes region at EHN.

As a graduate student Bienkowski served as a reporter and assistant editor at Great Lakes Echo. He has contributed to newspapers throughout Michigan, as well as local and national magazines. Prior to attending graduate school he worked in manufacturing and urban agriculture. 

He holds a master’s degree in environmental journalism and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He lives with his girlfriend, Dani, and their five (!) four-legged friends in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

434-220-0348 ext 416 or bbienkowski@ehn.org
Brian Bienkowski
 

Laura Pyle Brunton
Research Manager
Pyle Brunton has been with the organization since 2004.  As part of the staff she helps define the type of news and sources offered on the EHN website.

Prior to attending graduate school she worked as a research technician on carbon sequestration and tropical ecosystem recovery projects. She also spent several years working as a consultant and naturalist in the environmental education field. She misses the days of traipsing through the New England woods teaching ecology. 

She holds a Masters in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area.
 
703-243-4289  or lcpyle@ehn.org

Laura Pyle Brunton

Kara West,
Operations Supervisor

West's responsibilities include all the tasks that keep the EHS office running, our social media on track, plus various research projects and internal documentation. She also aggregates news for the sites, serves as backup editor as needed and writes the occasional article.

 A bachelor's degree in English from George Mason University with a concentration in poetry and a restless spirit have led her down several career paths in the nonprofit, education and news worlds with a short detour in the corporate world as a technical writer. She has worked as an adult basic literacy and ESL teacher, an education reporter, a magazine editor, a food co-op manager and in development, public relations, program management and pretty much any job that needs to be done at a small nonprofit.

She grew up on Army bases across the country and overseas, including Alaska and Germany. Now she calls Charlottesville, Virginia, home and hikes with her husband and two young sons in the Shenandoah mountains as often as possible.

kwest@ehn.org

Kara West

Peter Dykstra,
Weekend editor
During a 17-year career at CNN, Peter Dykstra was executive producer for science, environment, weather and technology coverage. He shared an Emmy award for CNN's coverage of the 1993 Mississippi River floods; a Dupont-Columbia Award for the network's reporting on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and a Peabody Award for the 2005 coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to CNN, Dykstra was national media director for Greenpeace, setting up the organization's U.S. media operations.

In 2009, he launched Science Nation, a video news series, for the National Science Foundation. From 2009 to 2011, he was a deputy director at The Pew Charitable Trusts, in charge of web, print and broadcast communications for the Pew Environment Group.

Dykstra is a former Board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and serves on the Advisory Board for the Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowships at the University of Colorado. Dykstra is a former judge for the Oakes Award for Environmental Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the National Academy of Sciences Communications Awards, and the Scripps-Howard Journalism Awards.

He can be heard weekly on Public Radio Internaional’s Living on Earth. Dykstra has a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from Boston University and lives in Conyers, Ga.

404-272-3304 or pdykstra@ehn.org

Peter Dykstra

 


 Research Team



Every day we scour the world's media outlets to bring you a comprehensive look at the day's news.

 Web Researchers
 Jim Germond
 Megan McLaughlin
 
 


Science Communication Fellows Program


The Science Communication Fellows program, part of Environmental Health Sciences, is a valuable resource for journalists and others who seek scientists to communicate about an array of topics related to environmental health and green chemistry. Until recently the program selected 10 researchers from a variety of disciplines as Fellows. During the year-long program, they develop the essential skills to convey in plain and engaging language important research findings about the link between environment and human and ecological health. The fellowship is unique in that it places researchers at the interface between science and journalism.

The Science Communication Fellows program is currently on hiatus. Please check back for updates.


Funding


 

Environmental Health Sciences has received grants and donations from:

The Alida R. Messinger Charitable Lead Trust
Anonymous
Beldon Fund
Cornell Douglas Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Edgerton Foundation
Forsythia Foundation
Foundation for the Carolinas, Donor Advised Fund
The Heinz Endowments
The Jenifer Altman Foundation
The John Merck Fund
Johnson Family Foundation
The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment
The Kendeda Fund
 

The Kresge Foundation
Marisla Foundation
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New York Community Trust
Oak Foundation
The Overbrook Foundation
Passport Foundation
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Turner Foundation
The V.K. Rasmussen Foundation
Wallace Global Fund
Wallace Genetic Foundation
West Wind Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Individual donors from the general public
 


 


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