Kate Fishman covers environmental regulation and natural resources on California’s north coast for The Mendocino Voice, a news site. She has worked as a field editor with Patch Media and covered several towns in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, writing about the volatility of school boards and the impact of COVID-19 and climate change on communities. Fishman’s journalism career started with profile writing for her local paper in New Paltz, New York when she was in high school. At Oberlin College, she reported on arts and culture and eventually became the managing editor of The Oberlin Review, the student paper that serves the city of Oberlin, Ohio. She loves to teach, and practice, writing of all genres.
The Mendocino Voice, founded in 2016, is an online, independent, worker owned, general interest news service with an emphasis on breaking news, government reporting, and community events. We publish multiple times daily on our website and across social platforms. Rural Mendocino County, in northern California, has become a news desert, and our goal is to go beyond merely restoring the old status quo, by providing coverage to communities that were left out even before the collapse of the news industry. We are transitioning to a worker-reader co-op with funding from Facebook Community Journalism Project/Lenfest Institute.
Sonia Waraich covers the environment and natural resources in Mendocino County for the online news outlet The Mendocino Voice. Before joining, Waraich did stints covering a variety of beats, ranging from Indian American entertainment to homicide trials, at newspapers in California, New Mexico and North Carolina. Her previous coverage includes North Carolina’s transition from public to private management of Medicaid, the impact of sea level rise on public infrastructure in Humboldt County and citizen groups’ efforts to ban uranium mining in Gallup-McKinley County in New Mexico. Waraich was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and was editor in chief of San Jose City College’s student-run newspaper. She graduated with a sociology degree from California State University at East Bay, where she was campus editor of The Pioneer.
Lana Cohen reports for The Mendocino Voice in Boonville, California, where she focuses on the effect of environmental regulation on salmon runs, wildfires, the economy and other issues. A reporter from Brooklyn, New York, Cohen covered the environment, conservation and climate politics during fellowships at WhoWhatWhy, an investigative newsroom, and the National Audubon Society. Her work explored everything from natural disasters to water rights to the newest green technology. She previously worked in public health and environmental justice communications with WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem. At Colorado College, Cohen majored in environmental science and concentrated on weather and air quality.
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