Shannon Osaka joins The Post as a climate reporter


Announcement from Climate and Environment Editor Zachary Goldfarb, Deputy Climate and Environment Editor Juliet Eilperin and Climate Solutions Editor Dayana Sarkisova:

We are delighted to announce that Shannon Osaka will be joining us as a climate reporter.

In this new role, which is part of a significant expansion of climate coverage at The Post, Shannon will write quick analysis and explainer pieces on the most interesting and compelling topics in climate and environmental news – from debates on fast fashion and ethical food. to the latest scientific findings and policy proposals in the United States and around the world. Shannon will seek to engage a wide and diverse audience with accessible, well-framed pieces that encompass a wide variety of storytelling formats.

Shannon comes to the Post after two and a half years at the environmental journalism nonprofit Grist, where she analyzed federal climate policy, energy transition and ideas about climate change. She covered everything from the concept of “degrowth” of the economy to France’s attempt to give 150 citizens chosen at random power over climate policy. She also explored the tricky politics around federal climate legislation in the United States and the accessibility of electric cars for low-income households.

Shannon has twice won the SEAL Award for Environmental Journalism and recently received the Covering Climate Now Award for an Emerging Journalist. Last year, an article she co-authored on the planet seven possible climate “tipping points” received an online journalism award for its timely reporting on climate change.

Shannon was born and raised in San Jose, California. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she studied environmental science and environmental studies. After graduating, she was named Princeton’s Sachs Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she earned a master’s degree in human geography and published academic papers on the perception and modeling of climate change.

Shannon lives in Washington, DC In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, playing board games and following the elite USA Women’s Gymnastics Team.

Please welcome Shannon when she joins on August 15th.

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