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Energy Journalism Fellows

Energy Journalism Fellows PROGRAM 2024

June 11, 2024 - June 14, 2024

Columbia University, NYC

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Applications open Feb 1st.

Liliane Bivings

Kyiv Independent

Lili is a recent graduate of Columbia University's Harriman Institute of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies and an editor at the English-language Ukrainian news outlet The Kyiv Independent. Prior to graduate school, she lived in Ukraine for four years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Kremenchuk and then as a staff writer and business editor at the Kyiv Post in Kyiv. During these four years, she also interned with the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center. Lili is originally from Washington, D.C., and graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a bachelor's degree in International Studies and French, after which she worked for an environmental regulatory software company in sales before joining the Peace Corps. She is planning to move back to Ukraine in July 2022 to continue her work with the Kyiv Independent.

Kelsey Brugger


Kelsey Brugger covers energy politics and policies on Capitol Hill for E&E News, part of POLITICO. Her current focus includes natural resources, but she has covered many beats in her five years at the publication. She has written about White House climate politics, the Energy Department, and the Trump administration’s attempt to rewrite numerous energy and environmental regulations. Before E&E, she covered local politics, immigration and cannabis at the Santa Barbara Independent. She has a bachelor’s degree in History of Public Policy from UC Santa Barbara.

Max Chesnes

Tampa Bay Times

Max Chesnes is the environment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, where he covers water quality, environmental justice, obscure Florida wildlife and everything in between. Prior to working for the Times, Max covered environmental issues for Treasure Coast Newspapers and the USA Today network with a focus on the Florida Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and the Indian River Lagoon.

Max is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and has won several awards for his work. He studied both journalism and sustainability at the University of Florida, graduating in May 2019. Max is also a licensed drone pilot.

Robbie Corey-Boulet

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Robbie Corey-Boulet is the bureau chief for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Riyadh. He previously led AFP’s coverage of the 2020-22 war in Tigray/northern Ethiopia and has also recently reported from Ukraine. His 2019 book Love Falls On Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives (Zed/Bloomsbury) received the Excellence in Book Writing Award from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.

Amanda Chu

Financial Times

Amanda Chu is a reporter at the Financial Times. At the FT, she co-writes Energy Source, the twice-weekly energy newsletter, and covers foreign direct investment in the US. She's a first-generation college graduate from Georgetown University and hails from Queens, New York.

Denene Erasmus

Business Day

South Africa-based journalist Denene Erasmus writes about energy, the just transition, agriculture and climate change for Business Day newspaper and its affiliate online platform, BusinessLIVE.

Her journalism career began in 2009 at Farmer’s Weekly, the largest English-language agricultural publication in Southern Africa. During her time at Farmer’s Weekly, where she worked as a journalist and later as editor-in-chief of the publication, she won numerous international and national awards for her reporting on farming, rural development, conservation and the agribusiness sector in Africa, including the Leadership in Agricultural Journalism Awards from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists in 2019.

To pursue her broader interest in Southern African developmental issues and the critical importance of the water, energy and food nexus approach to sustainable development in the region Denene joined Business Day in 2022 as the publications’ energy correspondent.

Denene is a member of the alumni network of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, she holds a master's degree in languages from Stellenbosch University, an honours degree in Media Theory and Practice from the University of Cape Town. She is currently studying towards a degree in economics.

She grew up on a family-run sugar cane farm situated along the east coast of South Africa and while she is now based in Johannesburg, she still visits the farm as often as possible.

Julia Fanzeres

Bloomberg News

Julia Fanzeres is an oil futures reporter for Bloomberg News. Based in New York City, she is the writer of the daily oil markets column. She frequently appears on Bloomberg TV and radio as a commentator on markets, inflationary pressures, and OPEC+ decisions. Prior to covering energy, she covered equity markets and the US economy at Bloomberg. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan, where she studied classical voice and political science.

Melissa Eddy

The New York Times

Melissa Eddy is a Business Correspondent for The New York Times, a position she has held since January 2022. Before that, she spent a decade covering German politics, culture and society for The New York Times. She began her career in Germany with The Associated Press, arriving in Frankfurt in 2000.

She moved to Berlin in 2005 months before Angela Merkel was sworn into office and has documented all four of her governments. In addition German politics, she has focused on Europe's debt crisis; the Energiewende, migration and immigration, the rise of anti-Semitism and the strains in the transatlantic relationsihp. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, she has focused on natural gas and the politics of energy.

Melissa launched her career in journalism at the AP's Vienna bureau in 1997, covering the crisis in Kosovo. She is a native of Minnesota and holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, a B.A. in English and French from Bucknell University. She was named a 1996-7 Fulbright Fellow for Young Journalists in Germany. From 2016-2019 she served as a member of the board of the RIAS Berlin Commission. She serves as treasurer of the Verein der Ausländische Presse.

Stefanie Eschenbacher


Stefanie Eschenbacher travels to far-flung areas of Mexico to better understand the impact energy policy decisions have on people, the environment and climate change. As well as building a top-notch contacts book, she spends a lot of time working with scientists, data sets and documents received through record requests. In 2021, she was named a Reuters Journalist of the Year for her investigations into corrupt practices by the world’s largest energy traders in Latin America. In 2022, she was a finalist for the same award for her coverage of Pemex’s disastrous environmental record – having published a series of scoops and insights that held a spotlight to the startling approach to pollution problems at the Mexican state oil company that resulted in real change. Before focusing on energy and the environment, she wrote about finance and economics for more than a decade. A German native, she speaks five languages and has reported from more than 20 countries.

Quinn Glabicki


Quinn Glabicki is a writer and photographer covering climate and environment for PublicSource, a nationally-recognized nonprofit newsroom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in the Rust Belt, Quinn's work is focused on how communities are responding to climate change and adapting to an energy and labor transition. His 2021 work chronicling life in the vacant steel town of Clairton, Pennsylvania, won the 2022 Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting.

Ryosuke Hanafusa


Ryosuke Hanafusa is the Houston Bureau Chief for Nikkei, responsible for covering US energy, since 2021.

Prior to this, Hanafusa covered Japanese utilities for one year in Tokyo, including the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which is decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
He previously served as Nikkei’s Cairo Bureau Chief, covering the Middle East and North Africa, and wrote numerous stories about the Arab Spring. Following his tenure in Cairo, he became the Istanbul Bureau Chief and covered the East Mediterranean, Caucasus and Central Asia.

During this assignment, he conducted exclusive interviews with more than 30 ministers as well as central bank governors and reported from at least 20 countries.

Hanafusa earned his Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Keio University.

Cole Martin

Argus Media

Cole Martin is a reporter at the energy news and price reporting agency Argus Media, where he covers emissions markets and climate policy in the US. He previously wrote and edited for Resources magazine, the flagship publication of the energy think tank Resources for the Future, and studied political science and creative writing at the University of Chicago. Cole lives in Brooklyn, where he enjoys exploring new neighborhoods and spending whole days at Fort Greene Park.

Siri Hedreen

S&P Global Commodity Insights

Siri Hedreen is an energy policy reporter for S&P Global Commodity Insights with a focus on clean energy technologies. Before her current role, Siri reported on local business and politics for community newspapers in east Alabama. She graduated from City, University of London in 2020 with a master's in financial journalism.

Morgan McFall-Johnsen


Morgan is a science reporter at Insider. She covers the environment, climate, and research that illuminates the workings of this planet as well as worlds beyond it. Her reporting focuses on the emerging impacts of climate change and new efforts to adapt and mitigate. She enjoys hiking and camping, a passion which bolstered her writing for Backpacker Magazine and its sister publication SNEWS (now Outside Business Journal). She holds a B.A. in journalism from Northwestern University, where she also studied environmental policy.

Brittney Miller

The Gazette

Brittney J. Miller is an energy and environmental journalist and Report for America corps member at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and biology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dan Murphy


Dan Murphy is CNBC’s anchor and correspondent based in the United Arab Emirates, reporting on business, markets, economics and geopolitics from across the Middle East region.

Dan has interviewed some of the biggest names in global business, including Aramco CEO Amin Nasser, His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, and Emirates Chairman, His Highness Sheikh Al Maktoum, among others.

Dan’s extensive coverage of oil and the energy transition has seen him interview senior energy Ministers and OPEC+ officials from OPEC HQ in Vienna and major energy events in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Egypt and Azerbaijan. His reporting has given him access to senior U.S. officials, as well as Prime Ministers, Finance Ministers, Central Bank chiefs and government leaders from across Asia, Europe and beyond.

Dan was the first journalist to interview the UAE Minister of State after the historic signing of the Abraham Accords, ending a three decade stalemate for Arab-Israeli ties. He was live on air in Istanbul and Ankara during the Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria in 2019, and reported live from Tel Aviv during various Israeli elections. Dan has interviewed leading Russian business figures on the ground in Moscow, and covered the G20 Finance Ministers meeting from Riyadh at the onset of the pandemic.

As a host of CNBC’s “Capital Connection” - Dan has anchored live programs during major events impacting financial markets and foreign policy and security in the Middle East region, including America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the ongoing geo-economic impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Dan also hosts industry panels on a range of topics, including the pandemic crisis and recovery, banking and finance, the energy markets, diversity, equity and inclusion, and women in leadership in the Arab world. He also regularly writes for

Dan spent three years at CNBC in Singapore before helping to launch the Middle East bureaus in 2018. He previously worked for Sky News, covering national and international news and business.

Suman Naishadham

Associated Press

Suman Naishadham is a reporter covering water and climate issues for the Associated Press. She writes about drought in the West, the Colorado River, U.S. federal environmental policy and the effect of climate change on all of this. Previously, she reported from Mexico and India, where she covered business and general news. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and studied political science at New York University.

Xander Peters


Xander Peters is a writer living in New Orleans and his native East Texas. His reporting on energy, conservation and climate change has appeared in National Geographic, the Christian Science Monitor, Audubon Magazine, and others.

Victoria Seabrook

Sky News

Victoria Seabrook is an award-winning reporter covering climate, energy and the environment in London, delivering stories for Sky News’s platforms.

She has covered melting glaciers in the Arctic, microplastics research in Germany and the UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt.

Prior to her role as Sky News’s climate reporter, she worked as the science producer, telling all science and climate stories for TV, and as a journalist on Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign, investigating plastic pollution and the broken recycling system.

Muyu Xu


Muyu Xu is an energy reporter of Reuters based in Singapore. She covers Asian crude oil market, including supplies and demand from the Middle East and within Asia Pacific as well as tracking oil flows from other regions into Asia, and various energy topics from coal trade to renewables in the region.

Muyu joined Reuters Beijing office in 2016 focusing on metals markets before moving on to energy where she has written about a wide range of topics including Chinese energy policies, coal, oil and gas markets, energy transition and climate change. She also participated the reporting of 2022 Winter Olympics.

Muyu holds a Master of Art degree from the Erasmus Mundus programme in Journalism.

Bill Loveless

Columbia Energy Exchange Host

Bill Loveless is a host on the Columbia Energy Exchange and Director of CGEP's Energy Journalism Initiative. He is a senior energy journalist with nearly 40 years of experience covering energy policy, regulation, and business from the Carter administration to the Trump administration.

Bill spent most of his career at The McGraw-Hill Companies (now S&P Global) as a reporter, editor and editorial director for Platts, an international provider of energy news and prices, and other McGraw-Hill energy news services. From 2010 to 2014, he anchored “Platts Energy Week,” a weekly TV program that aired on the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., and on PBS stations across the U.S.

He is a recipient of the McGraw-Hill Companies Corporate Achievement Award.

From 2015 to 2017, Bill wrote a weekly column for USA Today focusing on energy policy, business and technology trends.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Bill began his career as a newspaper reporter in Rhode Island. He is a member of the Harrington School of Communications and Media Executive Advisory Board at URI.

Jen Wu

Special Assistant to the Research Director

Jen Wu is the Special Assistant to the Senior Director of Research at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She joined CGEP after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in Environmental Biology, focusing on Ecology and Evolution. She is currently furthering her education at SIPA, where she is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy. This past summer, she served as Deputy Manager in her Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Management, producing a final report regarding the Energy Resilient Communities Act.

For her undergraduate senior thesis, Jen studied how remote sensing technology and vegetation indices can help predict groundwater arsenic concentrations in Cambodia. Prior to CGEP, Jen was an Administrative and Research Assistant for the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, researching myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and long-COVID and bridging policymakers, physicians, researchers, and the patient communities together.

In her free time, she enjoys ballet, trivia, and word games.

Kyu Lee

Director of Communications and Digital Media

Kyu Lee is director of communications and digital media at the Center on Global Energy Policy where he leads efforts to showcase and advance the center’s work around the world’s most pressing energy issues.

Kyu has been working for more than 20 years in strategic communications. Prior he was an associate director of communications and marketing for the Earth Institute at Columbia University. There he helped lead outreach efforts across a range of areas including media relations, partnership development, social media, and digital strategy. Kyu joined the Earth Institute in 2007 to bring attention to the work of the Millennium Villages, a project that spanned 10 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa focused on proving the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved. Since then he's developed core strategies and campaigns to promote Columbia's work in the fields of sustainable development, poverty alleviation, and climate change.

He first worked on climate change issues in 1992 when he traveled to the Rio Earth Summit as an intern for a newspaper. After graduating, he traveled to all the major UN global conferences during the 90s as a photographer, operations manager, editor and writer. He's traveled to more than 30 countries and written on sustainable development throughout the world.

He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and daughter. He is an avid birder and you can find him early in the morning during the spring and fall in Central Park. He is a member of the Board of Directors for NYC Audubon. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in English Literature.

Energy Journalism Fellows PROGRAM 2024

June 11, 2024 - June 14, 2024

Columbia University, NYC

Apply here

Applications open Feb 1st.


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