I’m Sara Shipley Hiles, editor of Covering Climate Change. I’m a longtime environmental journalist with a passion for storytelling and in-depth reporting.
I freelance for newspapers, magazines and books, and I teach journalism part-time at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., one of the top undergraduate journalism programs in the nation. I’m also a student in the University of Missouri’s Journalism master’s program.
I specialize in investigative reporting, environmental health news, and stories about coal, tobacco, scientific research, wildlife and ecology. You can read some of my freelance stories on my website, http://www.sarashipleyhiles.com.
Recent major projects include writing a chapter for the book “City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina,” about the environmental story behind Hurricane Katrina’s destruction.
I also co-wrote an award-winning story about the Doe Run lead mining company’s polluting smelters in Missouri and Peru. “Lead Astray” appeared in the November/December 2006 issue of Mother Jones magazine. This story won second place in the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting category, SEJ’s top prize for print journalism. It also won an international journalism award from the Inter American Press Association in the category of “in-depth reporting.”
Please see my website for more information and a complete resume.