The Copenhagen Connection

The following journalists are planning to be in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate treaty talks in December and are available for free-lance assignments. SEJ provides this listing as a public service to promote more coverage of this important issue, but it does not constitute a recommendation of those listed, nor does SEJ guarantee their work. Please contact individuals directly for more information or to arrange coverage.

If you'd like to be listed, or have other questions about the list, please contact SEJ board member Tim Wheeler.

NOTE: The contact information listed below is strictly for use by editors and news managers seeking to arrange coverage. Any group or individual wishing to send press releases or media advisories about the climate talks should utilize SEJ's approved channel for such communications — our electronic press release distribution service.

Adrianne Appel
Science and politics reporter with extensive experience covering climate change and international health, environment and political issues. Environment coverage for The New York Times, Nature,, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and Inter Press Service, an international news service. Overseas reporting experience. Available for Copenhagen assignments. Contact Adrianne: or 617-620-9885

Debra Atlas
Freelance environmental writer/blogger. Experience blogging numerous environmental conferences including being the official blogger for Costa Rica’s recent conference on the challenges of Sustainable tourism, writing for web publications and able to provide onsite blog posts via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and other web-based sites. Manage Envirothink, a site dedicated to issues related to climate change and sustainability. Contact Debra: or 530-243-3401

David Biello
News Archive, Blog Archive 1 and 2Podcast Archive.
Environment and energy editor for Scientific American will be in Copenhagen from 10 December to 19 December. Ten years experience covering climate change, alternative energy, emissions trading and a host of environmental issues via news, features, blogs (or tweets @dbiello) as well as podcasts. Available for limited freelance assignments as well as radio or TV interviews/spots. Contact David: or 917-723-1838

Zoe Cormier
Can provide: feature articles, news reports, blog posts, and photos.
I am a freelance journalist, science writer and photographer with a background in biology, and I specialise in covering environmental issues. I authored a column twice monthly on environmental news and trends for The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest national newspaper. I have also written for such publications as The Ecologist, Plenty Magazine, and Green Living. I have been shortlisted twice for the Canadian National Magazine Awards, most recently for a 2006 cover story for This Magazine on climate change spin doctoring. I am the current “alternative science” blogger for The New Internationalist. Contact Zoe: or +44 (0) 781 429 7569

Osha Gray Davidson
Available whenever for any media assignments. Covered politics and environment for New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Grist, more. I blog, live-tweet, shoot still /video (have my own HD video cam – not great, but good enough for the Web). Use Photoshop CS3, Elements 7. Twenty-five years experience traveling in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia. Written five books, worked on 2 award-winning documentaries. See my work at and Contact Osha: or 602-263-5582

Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Environment reporter for KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley, California, where he has covered state and local efforts to tackle climate change. His freelance work airs on the nationally-syndicated programs Making Contact and Free Speech Radio News. He'll be covering the proceedings inside the Copenhagen Climate Summit, the protest actions outside it, and the "shadow" summit being staged by critics of the Copenhagen process. He can file for radio or print/online outlets. Here's a recent story on California state climate policy and one on national policy. Contact Brian:

Andrew Freedman
I will be at COP15 from Dec. 11 through the 20th, and am able to offer blog posts, print/online articles, and twitter coverage. I have covered climate science and policy since 2002 for publications such as Greenwire, Congressional Quarterly and The Weather Channel Interactive. I currently write a weekly climate column for, which has been praised by the Columbia Journalism Review. I hold a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University and am completing a Masters in Foreign Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Contact Andrew: ; or Cell: 617-257-1745 

Emily Gertz,
Coverage offered: Online articles, print articles, Twitter, blogging, photo, video, audio
Dates in Denmark: Dates in Denmark: Dec 4-20.
Expertise: I covered this past September's UN Climate Summit and Pittsburgh G20 Summit for Grist and, filing multiple stories and blog posts each day — often with original photography to illustrate. As the global warming blogger-in-residence for for over a year (2008-2009), and with eight years experience covering environmental news, I have thorough understanding of, and extensive experience writing about, the politics, policy and science of global warming for print and web. I have reported for Grist, Dwell, Plenty magazine, Scientific American online, Popular Mechanics online, (online arm of The Oregonian newspaper), (web site and book), and more.
Additional information: I am based in New York City, so travel connections to Copenhagen will be easy to make.
Contact Emily:

Craille Maguire Gillies /
I am covering urban environmentalism, youth activism outside the summit and the citizen journalists on the ground in Copenhagen who will feed a global network of activism. I am available from December 6 to 18 for magazine, newspaper and web assignments.
Expertise: Formerly an editor at the travel magazine enRoute, I am a National Magazine Award-winning writer from Canada. I have written about environmentalism, cultural trends, urban planning, travel and the arts for the past nine years for such publications as the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Ottawa Citizen and (a website companion to a book about the secret side of globalization). I was senior editor of Unlimited magazine and was launch editor in charge of making the transition from print to web-only for
Contact Craille:

Peter Gorrie
Freelance journalist specializing in environment and energy issues and based in Toronto, Ontario. He has been environment reporter for the Toronto Star and Canadian Press and now writes two weekly columns for the Star as well as articles for Canadian and American magazines. He can produce news for web or print as well as features and analysis from the Copenhagen conference. Contact Peter:

Daniel Grossman
Award winning science and environment multimedia producer will be in Copenhagen between 12/11 and 12/18 producing a climate-science blog, including postings for the Yale Climate Forum and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting's climate initiative. He will be interviewing many prominent scientists who will be attending the conference, many of whom he has met before in their labs and at field sites, in a decade of reporting around the world on climate science. Dan will be bringing a complete multimedia kit to Copenhagen, including a video camera, a still camera and audio recording equipment. He is available for producing and collecting material on climate science using interviews he's already conducting or using additional material to suit. Contact Dan: or 617-923-9073.

Marc Gunther
I will be in Copenhagen from Dec. 11-17, focusing on stories about business and climate change. I'm a contributing editor at Fortune magazine, where I worked as a staff writer for 12 years and wrote cover stories on Wal-Mart and sustainability and Warren Buffett's Chinese electric car company. I'll be writing from Copenhagen for,, The Energy Collective and my own blog at, but I'm open to other assignments. Contact Marc: or 301-469-0713

Terri Hansen
Reporting from Copenhagen Dec. 10-15 Native American & Indigenous delegations: their declarations, issues, concerns, i.e. negative impacts of REDD to forest dwellers; indigenous testimony of climate change-induced disasters on indigenous homelands (the Maldives, the Arctic quickly come to mind). Indigenous peoples are experiencing the earliest disruptions yet they have no legal standing at the talks. In addition to regular reporting for Indian Country Today I'm open to worthy mainstream publications with an interest in indigenous climate issues, from a Native American journalist. A concern is to make my trip worth the carbon it's costing. In that spirit (and because I'm fully funded) I'm not looking for high pay rates so much as giving more of a voice to the voiceless. I'm attending Klimaforum09, the Earth Journalism Awards, and the exhibits, testimonies and ceremonies Indigenous Day, Dec. 12. I have access to Native American, and Indigenous leaders, Indigenous youth, and NGOs that work with Indigenous groups. Contact Terri:

Laura Kiesel
Available to travel to Copenhagen for assignments. I am a freelance journalist with experience covering topics related to environment, health and politics. My articles have been featured in E Magazine, Z Magazine, and Agriview, among others. I also have a blog space on the popular political blogsite, I recently completed my M.S. degree in Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Communication. My research assistantship at my university was with a state climatologist, which offered me an in-depth knowledge of climate science and policy. My studies focused on the role of agriculture and forestry in climate change, as well as the effects of climate change on the Arctic. Contact Laura:

Sara Peach
Will be in Copenhagen: Dec. 4-19
Can offer: blog posts, tweets, print articles
Experience: Editor-in-Chief,; published by The (Raleigh) News & Observer and The Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media
Contact Sara:

Violet Snow
Can be in Denmark any part of Dec. 6-18. Offering articles, blog posts, tweets, video, photos. Specialize in alternative energy and climate change. Wrote 7 years for Woodstock Times, including 3 years covering school board and town board meetings. Former nature writer for Recipient of Institute of Journalism and Natural Resources fellowship. Published in Bergen Record and (forthcoming) InterPress Service. Contact Violet:, 201-357-2944

Molly Stentz
Molly is News Director for WORT 89.9FM in Madison, Wisconsin. Molly also files for the nationally-syndicated program Free Speech Radio News, particularly on environmental and agricultural topics. She's produced feature programming on the most recent Farm Bill for the Pacifica Network's nationally-syndicated program Sprouts. She has covered global social movements from the WTO ministerial in Seattle to labor struggles in Bangladesh. She is available to file freelance radio reports from Copenhagen — on both the conference proceedings and the grassroots movements outside the conference. Contact Molly:

Rob Taylor
Director, Environmental and Science Programs
Responsible for developing and managing environmental projects at the International Center for Journalists. He worked as a newspaper reporter for three decades, about half of that period covering environmental issues. He wrote for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 10 years, The Wall Street Journal's Washington Bureau for nine years, and the Philadelphia Bulletin for seven years and free-lanced in eastern and southern Africa in 1977 and 1978. Taylor was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 1996 and 1997. He edited the quarterly journal of the Society of Environmental Journalists, 2000. He has a bachelor's in history from Princeton University and is proficient in Spanish. Contact Rob: ; 202-349-7601