About Emily

About Emily, Environmental Journalist

I report on what’s happening at the intersections of the environment, science, technology and society—from political news out of Washington, D.C.,  to the most promising cutting-edge green innovations, to how the changing climate is affecting everyday life. My reporting has taken me from towns in Arctic Finland and Norway, to cattle ranches in Wyoming, and a coal-fired power plant in Kansas.

As of January 2018, I'm a fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, which is hosted by the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. 

In 2017 I reported on President Trump's nominees to top federal science and environmental posts for Reveal, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting; the administration's expansion of mining and drilling on public lands, for Men’s Journal; and the Indigenous struggle to keep the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge wild,  for Arctic Deeply, among other stories.

From 2014-2016, I was a full-time environmental reporter for TakePart.com, the (now out-of-print) digital news magazine of Participant Media, producer of movies such as CitizenFour, Spotlight, An Inconvenient Truth, and Bridge of Spies. I’ve also contributed to Popular Science, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and many more.

I'm a contributor to the award-winning book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, published by Abrams, as well as The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age, published by DaCapo. 

After several years moving from city to city along the mid-Atlantic coast, I moved to Oregon to do my master's degree in environmental studies at the University of Oregon. In 2000 I returned to my hometown of New York City, where I live with my partner Patrick Di Justo, a science and technology writer-editor, and our cat Ada. Patrick and I have co-authored two DIY technology books for Maker Media,, including Environmental Monitoring with Arduino.