I'm pleased to report that, effective today, the Trib has a dedicated energy reporter on staff: Kate Galbraith, formerly of The Economist and The New York Times. A native of Washington, D.C., Kate has a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard University and a master's degree from The London School of Economics; she also spent a year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She joined the staff of The Economist in London in 2000 and served as the magazine's Southwest correspondent, based in Austin, from 2005 to 2007. In 2008 and 2009, she reported on and blogged about renewable energy and energy efficiency for the Times.

With so much going on in the realm of oil and gas, wind, solar, nuclear and other existing and emerging forms of energy, we knew we needed a top-flight reporter to tell the biggest and best stories and to make sense of it all. We couldn't have asked for someone better than Kate, whose contact information can be found on her brand-new author page.

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