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NPR appoints Babbitts as managing climate editor

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The following excerpt was sent out by a staff member from NPRchief climate editor Andrea Kissak:

I have some exciting news to share with you as we launch NPR’s new climate team. We are happy to welcome Sadie Babbitts as NPR’s new managing climate editor. Sadie will work with NPR’s desktop reporters and lead work with member stations to develop the stations’ reporting talent and cover the biggest story of our time.

Sit down now president of the board for the Society of Environmental Journalists, North America’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting environmental journalists. She is also writing a book on climate change journalism to be published by Island Press in late 2023/early 2024.

Sadie comes to us from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix, where she was a professor of practice. For the past four years, she has focused on teaching students how to report on climate, sustainability and other environmental issues for broadcast and digital platforms.

Sadie also established a thriving audio program as part of the school’s Cronkite News/Arizona PBS professional program. An audio newscast she created with her students just won a national Edward R. Marrow Award for Best Student Newscast.

Before teaching at Cronkite, Sadie was a Ted Scripps, Environmental Reporting Officer at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she spent the academic year (2017/2018) studying climate change, renewable energy technology, and environmental law.

Sadie has served in public radio leadership positions for nearly a decade, including serving as news director for Colorado Public Radio from 2014 to 2017.

Sadie starts her new role on November 21st and I hope you will join me welcoming Sadie for NPR.

Andrea Kissak

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