Janet H Wilson

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Award-winning reporter, editor and producer for The Desert Sun/USAToday, ProPublica, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, New York Daily News, University of California, Irvine, Christian Science Monitor, ABC News and others, specializing in climate change, environment, energy and public health. Comprehensive breaking news and investigative skills, and stylish feature writer. Web, multimedia, newspaper, television experience.
Email: janet.wilson@thejournalismshop.com
Phone: 213-880-8948


Modular multi-media packages are a highly effective storytelling tool. I hitched rides on military flights, then spent a week on a research boat in West Greenland gathering material to create packages for the University of California, Irvine website and alumni magazine. I helped reporters and producers for The New York Times Sunday magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Japanese network NHK and scores more with stories, interviews, B-roll and photos related to UCI glaciologists’ work there. For more about this story, go here.


  • Harvard University | Nieman Fellow
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism | M.S.
  • Yale University | B. A. Theater Studies


  • 2019 California Newspaper Publishers Association – First Prize, investigative reporting, and four other awards for writing, in-depth reporting, land use reporting, breaking news
  • 2019 United Nations Foundation Climate Reporting Fellow
  • 2015, 2012 Gold, Silver Medals, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • 2008 First Place, Associated Press Breaking News; Los Angeles Press Association Hard News
  • 2004 Pulitzer Prize Breaking News-front line reporter on winning team
  • Other Awards from National Association of Black Journalists; Michigan Bar Association; Orange County, CA, Michigan, New Jersey Press Associations
CA Oil Companies Profit from Spills

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them. This story was co-published with The Desert Sun, a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. In May 2019, workers in California’s Central Valley struggled to seal a broken oil well. It was one of thousands of aging wells

Toxic Metals

Living in Industry’s Shadow: After Years of Illnesses, Family Looks for Answers   The Martin family lives 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, in a neat yellow house in a city called Maywood. Starting a few blocks from their home, nearly 2,000 factories churn out Southern California’s hot dogs, pesticides,

Climate Change

Climate change at the front door   Silvia Rico Medina and her family live in a cinder-block hut they built by hand at the bottom of one of Tijuana’s poorest canyons. Their roof is a sagging plastic campaign sign for a Mexican presidential candidate. Her sons, 7 and 10, scamper

Chasing clean air

Chasing clean air Led by Donald Blake, UCI scientists have been on a decades-long global quest to measure atmospheric pollution Conditions couldn’t be worse. The air is dead, not a leaf stirring on the trees lining the dusty Mexican highway. Farmers are burning grapevines, garbage and weeds. Acrid smoke billows

Salton Sea fish and birds are dying

Salton Sea: Fish and the birds that fed on them wiped out this winter Tim Bradley crunched across a broad beach made of dead barnacles and fish bones. He bent down and stirred green slime, tinged with brown foam at the western edge of the vast lake unfurled before him.

Burying Carbon in Corn Fields

Team hopes to drill its way to global warming solution THORNTON, Calif. — Surrounded by cornfields and cows, this gas-and-go exit off Interstate 5 south of Sacramento seems an unlikely place to solve global warming. But for months, researchers have been quietly negotiating with a local farming family to bury

“New School of Thought”

New School of Thought California’s first active learning building opens at UCI, giving tech-savvy students a hands-on role in their education Students in Jacqui Lewis’ abnormal psychology class are not listening to her. They’re too busy checking their cellphones. And that’s fine with her. Over in the auditorium, no one

Cap, Trade, Skeletons

Nearly 20 years ago, a novel program called “cap and trade” was rolled out by Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The aim was to keep rural Northeastern lakes from being tainted by corrosive “acid rain” created by power plant emissions hundreds of miles to the west. Under the

CA’s tailpipe law scrapped by EPA

California emissions law rejected WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Wednesday denied California’s bid to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, dealing a blow to the state’s attempts to combat global warming and prompting an immediate vow from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to take the decision to court. Environmental Protection Agency administrator


The Desert Sun/USA TODAY | Senior Environment Reporter

Cover the California desert and American West, with focus on energy, environment and environmental justice issues, climate change, water, public lands, and pollution. Write USA Today Climate Point, weekly round-up on climate, energy and environment issues.

ProPublica State Reporting Network
Investigating California’s lax regulation of the oil industry and its impacts on workers, wildlife and the public.

University of California Irvine | Director of Special Projects
uciHead “strike team” that produces multimedia digital and print packages on Greenland, Solar Decathlon, first generation college students, eSports and more.
Have placed front page and top of the news stories in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, CBS “60 Minutes”, BBC, Reddit, Slate and hundreds of other outlets about the collapse of W. Antarctica, nuclear waste clean-up, a leafy bedbug cure, sewage powered cars and other topics.

Hunt National Health Reporting Fellow
usc-annenberg-logoTested Latino family living near industry, found high levels of bio-contaminants. Wrote in-depth reports for Center for Investigative Reporting/California Watch, Eastern Group Newspapers (nation’s largest Spanish-English chain).

Institute for Justice and Journalism | Senior Fellow

justice-instituteResearched life in the shadow of industrial zones. Designed environmental health conferences for ethnic media, featuring public health and pollution experts; national, state and local policymakers; affected community groups.

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer & Editor

  • LAT logoEnvironment reporter, regularly broke exclusive stories, from inner city neighborhoods grappling with deadly soot and hexavalent chromium to White House officials quashing scientists’ findings on ozone and climate change.
  • Frontline reporter on 2004 Pulitzer Prize breaking news team. Other reporting included penetrating Ground Zero after 9/11 for seven weeks, immigration and demographics, nursing home investigations.
  • Editor of yearlong project on foster children “aging out” of system. Managed five county reporters.

Detroit Free Press | Staff Writer
detroit-free-pressAwarded Harvard University Nieman Fellowship for coverage of juvenile violence. Covered Jack Kevorkian, police brutality murder trials. Profiled male teens’ entry into adult penal system and wrote “The Shadowy Morgue” about incompetent medical examiners causing wrongful murder convictions.

Staff Writer and Freelancer-Christian Science Monitor, Grist.org, Environmental Health News, CNN, ABC News “Nightline,” Boston Globe, New York Daily News, New York Post, Jersey Journal, Hudson Dispatch

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