Bill Dawson
Editor and founder

Bill Dawson, who founded Texas Climate News in 2008, has written about climate change as a journalist since 1988. He was previously the environment writer at the Houston Chronicle for 17 years, the senior writer for environmental issues at the Center for Public Integrity (a nonprofit investigative reporting organization in Washington) and an adjunct faculty member at Rice University. He has worked as an independent journalist since 2003.


Kelly Calagna
Contributing editor

Kelly Calagna covers topics related to climate, science and the environment as an independent journalist based in Houston. She has reported on coastal erosion in Puerto Rico, climate-science research on the Tibetan plateau, animal conservation in Zimbabwe and NASA missions.

Joseph A. Davis
Washington correspondent

Joseph A. Davis is an independent journalist in Washington. Over more than three decades Davis has covered a wide range of events and issues related to the environment, energy, and natural resources in the nation’s capital for publications including Congressional Quarterly.

Melissa Gaskill
Contributing editor

Melissa Gaskill is an Austin-based writer whose work has been published by Nature News, Scientific American, Wildflower, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal and others.

Polly Ross Hughes
Contributing editor

Polly Ross Hughes is an independent journalist in Austin who has written mostly about health, economics and energy. She is the former editor of Texas Energy Report and a former staff writer at the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Fritz Lanham
Deputy editor

Fritz Lanham is an independent journalist in Houston. For 16 years he was books editor at the Houston Chronicle. After leaving the Chronicle he served as director of programs and director of communications and marketing for Asia Society Texas Center.

Randy Lee Loftis
Senior editor

Randy Lee Loftis is an independent journalist in Dallas. He was The Dallas Morning News’ environmental writer for 26 years. He was a founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists and is a faculty member at the University of North Texas.

Ruth SoRelle
Contributing editor

Ruth SoRelle, a medical and science writer for more than 40 years, covered a wide variety of science topics as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, explained them as chief science editor at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine and continues to write about them as an independent journalist.

Neil Strassman
Contributing editor

Neil Strassman wrote for community and alternative newspapers in San Diego and later worked for two public radio stations in Seattle as a host of music and news-interview shows.  He worked for 20 years as an environment, science and political reporter at the Long Beach (California) Press-Telegram and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He was then chief of staff and administrator for the elected chief executive of Tarrant County, Texas, and is now an independent journalist.


Krist Bender
echnology and production associate

Krist Bender was formerly chief technology officer and director of internet programs for the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington.


Jim Simmon
Deputy editor (2008-2017)

Jim Simmon was Texas Climate News’ first deputy editor. A respected Texas journalist, Simmon’s career included positions at the Houston Post, Houston Chronicle and Houston Press. He died in 2017.