In a notice to newsroom employees, Andrea Kissack, NPR’s Chief Science Editor and head of the Science Desk, introduced this staffing replace:
Within the midst of those intense occasions, I’ve some excellent news. We’re thrilled to welcome Neela Banerjee as NPR’s new Supervising Local weather Editor. Neela will likely be primarily based on the Science desk however will work throughout the newsroom in a brand new, coordinating editor function the place she is going to assist to guide our broad local weather protection. She’s going to work intently with nationwide, enterprise, worldwide and different desks, in addition to with the environment and power station collaborative and our exhibits and digital properties.
Neela involves us from InsideClimate Information, the place she labored for 5 years as senior correspondent. Neela led the group at ICN that exposed how Exxon had carried out its personal formidable local weather analysis way back to the mid-1970s. The oil and gasoline large ultimately helped to construct an unlimited and efficient local weather denial motion. The Exxon undertaking spurred public curiosity lawsuits, received greater than a dozen nationwide journalism awards and was a finalist for 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Reporting.
Neela additionally led investigations into local weather change and nationwide safety, the financial and political attain of the home fossil gas business and local weather denialism inside the U.S. agricultural sector, which garnered ICN its second John Oakes award for environmental reporting in 4 years. She spent 2019 engaged on a multimedia undertaking that checked out commonalities of expertise, trauma and wish amongst Individuals dealing with the aftermath of three extreme-weather disasters.
Earlier than working at ICN, Neela was the power and setting reporter within the Los Angeles Occasions’ Washington DC bureau. Previous to that, she was a reporter for The New York Occasions and had beats as various as world power, the Iraq struggle and religion in America. She started her journalism profession at The Wall Avenue Journal, the place she served principally as a Russia correspondent.
Neela grew up all around the U.S., however principally in southeast Louisiana. She lives within the District along with her daughter and extremely anxious canine. In fact, her canine most likely has quite a lot of firm nowadays.
A giant thanks to the hiring committee who helped us choose Neela from a extremely aggressive discipline. We’re impressed by her imaginative and prescient, story concepts and curiosity in holding key stakeholders accountable. She’s going to start her new function on April 27th. Please be part of me in welcoming Neela to NPR.