Meet SEJ member Amy Westervelt! Amy is an award-winning investigative journalist and executive producer of the independent podcast production company Critical Frequency, which specializes in reported narrative podcasts. In 2021, she led the reporting and production teams of This Land S2 — an investigative, narrative season revealing the various forces behind efforts to unravel tribal sovereignty in the U.S. — which was nominated in April 2022 for a Peabody Award. Her investigative climate podcast Drilled, a Critical Frequency original production, was awarded the Online News Association award for excellence in audio journalism in 2019 and Covering Climate Now's award for excellence in audio journalism in 2021. In 2015, Amy received a Rachel Carson award for women greening journalism, for her role in creating a women-only climate journalism group syndicating long-form climate reporting to The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Economist and many more outlets. A 20-year veteran investigative journalist, Westervelt's earlier work for NPR, The Guardian, Inside Climate News and various other outlets earned her Edward R. Murrow, ONA and Folio awards as well.
When asked how SEJ makes her job easier, Amy said, "SEJ provides a community of other environmental journalists to bounce ideas off of, commiserate with and get advice from — in a lot of ways it's what makes it possible to work effectively as an independent journalist." Join her — apply for SEJ membership.
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