2017

The Danger of Urban Heat Islands, High Country News, May 16, 2017

Western communities, including Los Angeles, are aware that urban heat is a serious and growing threat to public health, and the warming climate only increases the problem…But researchers are still learning about how people are affected by excessive heat in the places where they spend most of their time — inside their homes.

(The story was picked up by ClimateDesk, and reproduced in The Atlantic’s CityLab, Grist, and Wired, among others.)

Governor Edwards grilled on flood response, WWNO, April 5, 2017 

This was a two-way in which I reported on Governor John Bel Edwards’ federal public hearing and provided context for analyzing his response to the 2016 flood.

Disaster was his routine: An interview with Craig Fugate about Louisiana and FEMA, WWNO, March 30, 2017

This was a two-way in which I interviewed former FEMA chief Craig Fugate. 

Exploring what a hotter Los Angeles means for public health, USC Center for Health Journalism, March 2, 2017

Curiosity has its own reason for existence, Albert Einstein says, and in my case that reason is personal. My old radio station, a few years back, ran out of desks for all of its reporters, and we were encouraged to work from home, where I have no central air. By early afternoon from June on, I’d be sweating in that home bureau, and I’d notice my thinking slow down and get foggy. I started planning way more interviews in sleek, air-conditioned buildings. I’m not even one of the people most vulnerable to heat in Los Angeles. But who is?