Bill Dawson
Editor and founder

Bill Dawson is a Houston journalist who founded Texas Climate News in 2008. He has written about climate change since 1988. He was formerly the environment writer at the Houston Chronicle and the senior writer for environmental issues at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in Washington. He taught in Rice University’s environmental studies program from 2005-09. He received the David R. Brower Award for his work at the Chronicle and TCN. 

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.

Amal Ahmed
Contributing editor

Amal Ahmed is a journalist covering climate change and environmental justice in Texas. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, Popular Science and City Lab among other publications.

Ellen Airhart
Contributing editor

Ellen Airhart is an independent science journalist and producer. She covers stories about the environment, agriculture and technology. Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, Wired, Vox and other publications.

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.

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.

Bob Henson
Contributing editor

Bob Henson, a meteorologist and science writer based in Colorado, is the author of “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change” (AMS Books).

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.

Nushin Huq
Contributing editor

Nushin Huq is a Houston-based independent journalist focused on covering energy and the environment. Prior to freelancing, she was the Houston correspondent for Bloomberg BNA, covering, among other beats, state environmental regulation in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. She also has experience covering the electricity markets.

John Kent
Contributing editor

John Kent is a Fort Worth-based writer specializing in transportation and environmental topics. He is a contributor to the Dallas Morning News and GreenSource DFW, a former staff writer for the Albuquerque Journal, and has written for the Associated Press, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Business Press and Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Kayla Meyertons
Contributing editor

Kayla Meyertons is a journalist who covers topics related to climate, science, wildlife and the changing environment.

Jillian Mock
Contributing editor

Jillian Mock is an independent writer with a penchant for reporting on climate change, wildlife conservation, Earth science and health. Her work has been published by the New York Times, Audubon Magazine, Popular Science and more. Born and raised in Dallas, she currently lives in New York City.

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.

Chloe Williams
Contributing editor

Chloe Williams is an independent journalist who writes about climate change, oceans, energy and health. Her work has appeared in Hakai Magazine, Yale Environment 360, Popular Science and Audubon, among other publications. She is currently based in Alberta, sometimes referred to as the Texas of Canada.

Jim Simmon
Deputy editor (2008-2017)

Jim Simmon was Texas Climate News’ deputy editor from this publication’s launch until his death in 2017. A respected Texas journalist, Simmon’s career included positions at the Houston Post, Houston Chronicle and Houston Press.