Bill Dawson
Founder and editor

Bill Dawson is a Houston journalist who conceived and founded Texas Climate News in 2008. He began covering climate change in 1988 when he was on the reporting staff of the Houston Chronicle, where he founded the environment beat and covered environmental issues for 17 years. Among other work, he also taught for five years in Rice University’s undergraduate environmental studies program.

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.

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.

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.

Contributing editors

Melissa Gaskill

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

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

Nushin Huq

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

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

Fritz Lanham

Fritz Lanham is an independent journalist in Houston. He was TCN’s deputy editor from 2017-22. 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.

Past contributors

Amal Ahmed

Ellen Airhart

Kelly Calagna

Michael Haederle

Greg Harman

Polly Ross Hughes

Kayla Meyertons

Jillian Mock

Ruth SoRelle

Neil Strassman

Chloe Williams

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.