Kelly Calagna is a journalist with a proven background in strategic communication. In 2017 she earned her master’s degree in science and environmental journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, and in 2014 she completed her bachelor’s degree in communication studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Kelly’s long-standing passion has been in the areas of sustainability and the environment. In 2014 she interned at the African Lion Environmental Research Trust in Zimbabwe where she worked in conservation research. Upon coming back to the States, Kelly got a job as an editor at the Whole-Foods circulated sustainability magazine Coco Eco. She wrote on topics including ecotourism, green business, sustainable living and animal conservation.

After creating a daily online version of the magazine and being promoted to Managing Editor, Kelly decided to go back to school to earn her master's degree in journalism. At Northwestern, Kelly focused on environmental topics and climate science as Medill's Comer Climate Science Scholar. As a reporter for Medill Reports, she reported on

stories including a satellite launch at NASA, sea level rise in Puerto Rico, the Zika virus in Texas and climate science on the Tibetan Plateau. Additionally, during her master’s program Kelly was a graduate intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, where she developed an internal television channel for NASA TV, produced videos, developed virtual reality experiences and aided multiple directorates in developing communications campaigns.

Upon completing her graduate degree, Kelly was offered the opportunity to be a post-graduate fellow at Northwestern University’s Knight Lab. There, she continued to develop an environmental sensor project that she had been working on as a graduate student. The project, called SensorGrid, is a tool created to empower journalists and communities to collect and share their own air quality data. In addition to overseeing the technical development, she also managed the project's external and government relations. She formed partnerships with reporters and the local city government to integrate the tool into the community. As the project's spokesperson, Kelly attended several conferences, including going to the EPA to discuss air quality detection practices and giving a talk on sensor journalism in front of over a thousand people at the Investigative Reporters and Editors annual conference in Chicago. In 2018 Kelly was awarded Medill's Harrington Award in Interactive Storytelling for her work on SensorGrid.

Awards:

Harrington Award in Interactive Storytelling (2018)

 

Speaking Engagements:

Comer Climate Conference (2017): "Climate Science at 16,000 Feet"

IRE NICAR (2018): Lightning Talk on "Trump in the Age of Trump's EPA" and panelist on "Journalism Using Remote Sensing"

TeachX (2018): "SensorGrid: "A Tool for Learning, Teaching and Exploration"

Awards:

Harrington Award in Interactive Storytelling (2018)

 

Speaking Engagements:

Comer Climate Conference (2017): "Climate Science at 16,000 Feet"

IRE NICAR (2018): Lightning Talk on "Trump in the Age of Trump's EPA" and panelist on "Journalism Using Remote Sensing"

TeachX (2018): "SensorGrid: "A Tool for Learning, Teaching and Exploration"

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