Four new reporters have joined the E&E News editorial team since January, adding valuable experience and insights to the newsroom as the impact of climate change and energy infrastructure takes on significant meaning ahead of the 2020 elections.
This week, Jennifer Hijazi comes aboard to take on the climate legal beat and Ariana Figueroa has signed on to cover chemicals and public health issues. The newcomers join two other excellent recent additions to the newsroom: Thomas Frank, a Pulitzer finalist who is tackling the federal response to climate change, and Timothy Cama, a seasoned political reporter who is focusing on campaigns, money in politics, lobbying and influence.
Hijazi previously worked at Courthouse News, where she covered judiciary policy and the Supreme Court, including government funding and EPA performance. She also worked for PBS NewsHour, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and several newsrooms in Arizona.
Figueroa formerly reported for InsideOSHA at Inside Washington Publishers, as well as CNN and NPR. She comes to the nation's capital after covering the streets of Chicago, where she worked on a long-term investigative project that uncovered a string of serial murders.
Frank has hit the ground running, already publishing an investigative piece that showed the Trump administration has taken nearly twice as long as the Obama administration to declare national disasters. The story has become a topic of conversation for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominees. He previously reported for USA Today, BuzzFeed News, Newsday and several local newspapers. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 and has won other national journalism awards including from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the National Press Club, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Cama has swiftly followed the money trail, uncovering key lobbying connections including Shell ending its membership in the main petroleum refiner lobbying group over climate change and fights over uranium and PFAS. He comes to E&E News from The Hill, where he covered energy and environmental policy, and has also worked at Transport Topics and several local papers.
The reporters' contact information can be found here.