Staff & Contributor Bios

Editor-in-Chief, Amy Westervelt is the founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. Amy is also an award-winning print and audio journalist. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. In 2007, she won a Folio for her feature on the potential of algae as a feedstock for biofuel. In 2015 she was awarded a Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism", and in 2016 she won an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, her podcast Drilled was awarded the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award. 

Senior Editor, Emily J. Gertz is a longtime environmental reporter and editor whose reporting for The Guardian, Popular Science, Audubon, HuffPost and more has taken her from towns in Arctic Finland and Norway, to conference rooms in New York City, cattle ranches in Wyoming, and a coal-fired power plant in Kansas. Emily is also a board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which works to strengthen the quality and reach of environmental journalism, in order to advance public understanding of environmental issues, and has been part of SEJ’s Freedom of Information Task Force for a decade.

Editorial Advisor, Rekha Murthy worked with PRX to help launch the Radiotopia podcast network, and has consulted on dozens of successful journalistic podcasts. Prior to her work in podcasts, Rekha worked on the NPR news shows All Things Considered. Rekha has been integral to crafting the Drilled podcast, and has consulted on the approach of the website, and other Drilled News podcasts as well. 

Podcast Senior Editor, Julia Ritchey is an audio journalist, podcaster and editor with an interest in state politics, climate and popular culture. The last decade has taken her from the Beijing Olympics to a leaky beer factory in Guinea-Bissau to Hillary Clinton’s press motorcade in Reno — with some print and radio stops in between. Julia has worked as a senior politics reporter and managing editor at NPR member stations in Reno, Salt Lake City, and upstate New York. 

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