Changing climate, changing weather (Sponsored by Society of Environmental Journalists)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jeff Burnside of independent journalist; Tony Davis of Arizona Daily Star; Christy George of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Your audience is fascinated by the weather report, but climate change still gets little traction in many newsrooms. The impacts of the changing climate are already being felt and observed. We'll point to great graphics and videos and help you identify local angles on what is arguably the most important story on the planet.

Speaker Bios

  • Jeff Burnside is an IRE award winning TV investigative reporter and a Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado. Jeff is immediate past president of the Society of Environmental Journalist and, most recently, Senior Investigative Reporter at KOMO TV Seattle. He's received more than 25 honors including a National Press Club Award and 10 Regional Emmys. His work has helped put a dozen people behind bars, returned millions to consumers and fueled a US Supreme Court case.

  • Tony Davis has covered the environment in the Southwest for 35 years and has written well over 100 stories on global warming and other forms of climate change. In 2008, he co-authored a three-part series for the Arizona Daily Star examining climate change's impacts on Southern Arizona. He has written extensively on the impacts of heat, drought and other forms of climate change on the Colorado River, Tucson's prime drinking water supply. @tonydavis987.

  • Christy George is a freelance broadcast news editor. She’s covered climate change, politics and led investigative projects for PBS-TV’s “History Detectives;” Marketplace Radio; Oregon Public Broadcasting, WGBH-TV; and the Boston Herald. She’s won Edward R. Murrow and Gracie Allen awards, and shared in Marketplace’s team Columbia-duPont Silver Baton. She was a 1991 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and serves on the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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