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About Climate Watch

Climate Watch is KQED's multi-year initiative to provide in-depth coverage of climate-related science and policy issues, with a specific focus on California. Climate Watch is a true multimedia endeavor, centered around a comprehensive web climate portal, that provides a wealth of resources and a healthy discussion of climate change. You can listen to our regular radio features on The California Report and watch occasional Quest and This Week in Northern California TV specials.

Staff & Contributors

Craig Miller

Craig Miller

Senior Editor, Climate Watch

A veteran journalist at home on either end of the microphone, Craig Miller brings 25 years of diverse experience to Climate Watch. From producing and directing Emmy Award-winning documentaries on public television to his reporting for outlets such as CNN and National Geographic Channel, Craig's background makes him uniquely suited to head up the Climate Watch editorial team. As a correspondent for California Connected and The California Report, Craig has reported extensively on environmental and resource issues facing California and the American West.


Molly Samuel

Molly Samuel

Multimedia Producer, Climate Watch

Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming Multimedia Producer, she was an occasional contributor and fill-in producer for Climate Watch.

Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.


Sasha Khokha

Sasha Khokha

Central Valley Bureau Chief, The California Report

Sasha Khokha was born in Los Angeles to a Punjabi father and an Irish-American mother. She fell in love with radio wearing waterproof overalls, standing in a four-foot high stream trying to record jumping salmon.

After stints as a reporter in Alaska and with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Sasha joined KQED in 2004. An avid fruit-and-nut eater, Sasha is excited to report from Fresno - the raisin capital of the world.

Sasha is also a documentary filmmaker; her latest film, Calcutta Calling, follows the lives of girls adopted from India to rural Swedish-Lutheran Minnesota. Sasha is a graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer

Reporter, Quest

Lauren is a Bay Area native who recently returned from a stint in the Big Apple. Her background is in environmental policy and she is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Political Science and Policy. Most recently, she worked as a web writer and outreach coordinator for the non-profit group Environmental Defense. Lauren has had brief previous lives as a ski instructor in Tahoe, CA and as a travel writer for Frommer's in France. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Sierra magazine, and Boldtype.com. Lauren produces occasional radio stories for Climate Watch as well as regular radio and web content for QUEST.


Kimberly Ayers

Kimberly Ayers

Kimberly Ayers has lived in California for more than 20 years, both north and south. Growing up in the Middle East as an "oil brat," she has been blessed with lots of travel. Her storytelling has appeared most recently on the National Geographic Channel, including reporting from Belize and Egypt. For the past four years, she has produced the PBS stations' broadcast of the National Geographic Bee: the questions are really hard, and the kids are crazy-smart. At forty-something, she walked the Catalina Marathon, and most mornings you will find her walking somewhere on the SoCal coast.


Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is a recent transplant to the Bay Area, but has written on western water, energy and environmental issues for several years. His articles have appeared in several publications including Harper’s, Orion, High Country News, The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Green Inc. blog and The Boston Globe. In 2011, he was a media fellow at Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West. A year earlier, he was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism. Before jumping into journalism full-time, Jeremy was a high school biology teacher in New York City.


Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is the new girl on the block in climate reporting, but she's been working on the issue from various angles since graduating with a BA in English from Haverford College. After non-profit energy efficiency work, public policy advocacy in Washington, D.C. and a brief stint at AirTalk, a news and public affairs talk show in Pasadena, Katrina ended up at KQED. She's been happily reporting on Bay Area happenings for KQED News, contributing to The California Report and learning how cool multimedia journalism can be. As a long-time Californian, Katrina loves being outdoors best of all, which is usually where she is in her free time.


Alison van Diggelen

Alison van Diggelen

Alison van Diggelen is founder and host of Fresh Dialogues, an interview series featuring "green" thought leaders in Silicon Valley. A former columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, Alison now writes commentary for the Huffington Post. In 2001, the Women's Fund of Silicon Valley nominated Alison for a "Woman of Achievement Award" in communication. She has been an interview guest on KTVU, Silicon Valley Business, KGO radio and BBC radio. Alison hails from Bonnie Scotland and has a master's degree from the University of Cambridge.


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