Bill Dawson
Editor and founder

Bill Dawson is a journalist who has written about climate change since 1988. He founded Texas Climate News in 2008. Before conceiving and launching TCN he was 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 newsroom in Washington) and an adjunct faculty member at Rice University. He has worked as an independent journalist since 2003.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Jim Simmon
Deputy editor (2008-2017)

Jim Simmon (1954-2017) 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.