ABOUT

ME

 

Experience

Freelance Writer and Editor

   June 2007-Present

  • Outlets include Washington Post Magazine, High Country News, ScienceRevealUndarkArs TechnicaCityLab, Smart Cities DiveBitterroot, 5280Washingtonian and others. 

  • Freelance editor for Congressional Digest and other outlets.

Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, University of Colorado

   August 2017-Present

  • I was one of five mid-career journalists selected for this environmental journalism fellowship to focus on a research project and take classes at the University of Colorado.

  • Studied and reported on air quality issues in Western states and how federal regulatory changes mattered to states. 

National Journal        

   March 2014-July 2017

  • Energy and environment correspondent

  • Helped create and curate What We're Following feature

  • Covered Congress, presidential races, lobbying and agency rules

  • Wrote multi-part investigation of misconduct at the Chemical Safety Board

 

Energy and Environment Publishing    

   Feb. 2010-Feb. 2014

  • Reporter covering transportation, air and chemicals.

  • Coverage areas included White House, Congress and political campaigns.

  • Coordinated and contributed to 6-part series on environmental movement

 

Inside Climate News    

   Sept. 2012-Dec. 2013

  • Washington D.C. correspondent

 

Sports Illustrated      

   March 2008-June 2008

  • Contributed to Sports Illustrated books, magazines and special projects

 

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2019 Thomas L. Stokes Award for Energy and Environmental Reporting

  • 2017-2018 Scripps Fellow, University of Colorado

  • Reported from Brazil on International Reporting Project grant -- October 2014

  • Produced short documentary in Buenos Aires with Eric Lund reporting grant

  • 2007, 2009 SPJ National Mark of Excellence for online commentary

Media Appearances

Co-hosting KGNU's How On Earth to discuss air quality; June 11, 2019

Discussing my fracking investigation with KUNC; Oct. 19, 2018

Talking chemical reform on KSFR's Here and There; July 6, 2016

CSPAN's Washington Journal; August 4, 2015

Education

  • Northwestern University, BA in Journalism and Political Science, Class of 2009

 

Contact Jason

 

jason.plautz (at) gmail.com

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