Last week we told you about Kate Galbraith's imminent departure from the Trib and Texas, and we promised to announce her replacements — plural — early this week. Because Kate leaves such big shoes to fill, we decided to divide up her duties reporting on energy and the environment, surely one of the state's most important beats, into two separate jobs. For a couple of months, we scoured the country for the right rising star reporters to succeed her. Now for the big reveal.
Jim Malewitz will cover energy for the Trib following two years as a D.C.-based energy and environment reporter for Stateline, a nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that publishes daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Like the Trib's content, Stateline's regularly runs in print and online around the country, and Jim's best work — on everything from oil, gas and mineral drilling to grid issues — has been in The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. A native of Michigan, Jim has an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa, where he played baseball for the fightin' Pioneers. (Watch your back, Texas Monthly; the Tribune's softball team just got a lot better.) He then earned a master’s from the University of Iowa, where he helped launch the nonprofit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism.
Neena Satija, our new environmental reporter, comes to the Trib from WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio and the Connecticut Mirror — two admirable nonprofit news organizations with journalistic values akin to ours. Over the last year and a half, she's produced print and multimedia stories on everything from the Nutmeg State’s vulnerable shorelines to its lack of water resources and has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio. Previously she's written for The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News and The Blade in Toledo, Ohio. Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Neena graduated from Yale University; an alum of its famous glee club, she’ll be a welcome addition to staff karaoke nights.
Jim starts with us on Sept. 1. Neena arrives July 22. Their Twitter handles are @Jmalewitz and @nsatija89, respectively. Please join us in welcoming them!