The Associated Press is significantly expanding its environmental coverage with the formation of a digital-first global team to report on issues that affect the earth's climate, air, water, land and wildlife, the news cooperative announced today.
Tim Reiterman in San Francisco and Tom McCarthy in Chicago will head a team of reporters, photographers, video journalists and others, working to reveal and explain the impacts of important environmental problems around the world, such as global warming, pollution and the stripping of natural resources. West Enterprise Editor Raghu Vadarevu in Phoenix, an expert in multiformat presentation, will oversee the team.
"There is no single issue that affects as many as the future of the globe itself," said Brian Carovillano, vice president, U.S. News. "AP is uniquely positioned to offer insight and fact-based reporting on the subject. We are delighted with the team and excited to see its results."
The team includes veteran journalists based in California, Montana, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, New England and Washington, as well as correspondents in Sweden, India and New Zealand. They will work together and with colleagues throughout the AP to generate all-formats explanatory and investigative stories that utilize AP's unique geographic reach.
"Many environmental problems, including warming oceans and greenhouse gas emissions, know no borders," Reiterman said. "So the AP is taking a global approach by dedicating a team to provide in-depth coverage of important and complex issues that affect people, places and the planet itself."
"We’ll be looking for stories that are surprising, that take people well beyond the basic issues and arguments and show them things they wouldn’t expect," said McCarthy.