Bill Dawson
Founder and editor

Bill Dawson is a Houston journalist who has written about climate change since 1988 and founded Texas Climate News in 2008. He was formerly the environment writer at the Houston Chronicle and taught in Rice University’s environmental studies program.

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.

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
T
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

Amal Ahmed

Amal Ahmed is a journalist based in Dallas who covers climate and the environment for Floodlight News. Her work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer, Popular Science, City Lab and Southerly.

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.


Other contributors

Ellen Airhart

Kelly Calagna

Polly Ross Hughes

Kayla Meyertons

Jillian Mock

Ruth SoRelle

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.