Hello! If you're here, you're probably looking for details, so here you go: I'm a reporter at HuffPost. I write about climate change, environmental policy and politics.
I have reported on rising temperatures from remote corners of Greenland, the collapse of Iceland's government from Reykjavík, and Vietnamese energy policy from Hanoi. My reporting has revealed secretive meetings and Orwellian climate directives at the EPA, shed light on water crises across New York State, and exposed a top climate misinformation think tank's efforts to protect a former executive accused of harassing a female colleague. I have also written about antitrust issues, chemical plant deregulation, and the cost of giving monopolies on taxpayer-funded drug research to private companies.
I serve on the board of Jewish Currents, a 72-year-old nonprofit magazine. I'm a shop steward at the Writer's Guild of America, East, where I've helped other outlets organize, and I’m a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. I contribute a biweekly segment on WBAI’s “Waking Up With Julianna Forlano,” and I’m a regular guest on the BBC World Service's "Business Matters,” WNYC's "The Takeaway,” and SiriusXM Progress.
I have appeared on MSNBC, Cheddar, and CBC Radio, as well as various local broadcasters. My work is frequently reprinted in Mother Jones, City Lab, Slate, Grist and others through the Climate Desk partnership.
In 2018, I won a SEAL Award for climate reporting. I was the recipient of a National Press Foundation fellowship on sustainable fishing, and traveled to China on an East-West Center fellowship.
I previously spent two years as HuffPost's senior business editor, managing a small team of reporters and writers. Before joining HuffPost, I covered retail and world affairs at the International Business Times. Prior to that, I reported on the media industry in Los Angeles for The Wrap and, later, in New York at FishbowlNY. I got my first real gig writing about crime, fires and the occasional citywide spelling bee for The Boston Globe. I have also written for Pacific Standard and Medium’s OneZero.
I started working as a supermarket cashier on Long Island, where I grew up. Later, I stocked shelves at a knock-off CVS, waited tables, and barista-ed. My journalism career began at 15 years old with an internship at The Long-Islander, a weekly newspaper Walt Whitman founded 180 years ago in Huntington, New York. When I started out, I slipped my middle initial into my byline to pay respect to an old newspaper tradition. Admittedly, I sometimes worry it seems pretentious. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Most of my time at Emerson College was spent toiling in the basement office of The Berkeley Beacon, the only student-run newspaper on campus. During my year-long tenure as editor-in-chief, we became the first student publication in the country to launch a responsively designed website, earning plaudits from Harvard's Nieman Lab.