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Covering Water in the West

Stanford's Water in the West Program

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT

Stanford's Water in the West program hosted a conversation with expert journalists exploring the complexity, history, politics and science surrounding water in the Western U.S. in a changing climate. Conflicts over water in the arid west are nothing new but rising temperatures, drought, reduced snowpack, and changing precipitation patterns are introducing new hurdles as states attempt to plan for a sustainable water future. Journalists covering water scarcity and water quality issues in the West hold a special role in explaining to the public the gravity of the situation on the ground, informing communities on the stakes of major decisions and continued drought. At this webinar, a panel of journalists seasoned in water coverage will discuss their careers, pressing issues in the water space, and where they see the story going.


Ian James, Reporter at the Los Angeles Times focused on water in California and the West. Prior to the LA Times, James was an environment reporter at the Arizona Republic and the Desert Sun. 

Lois Henry, CEO and editor at SJV Water. Prior to SJV Water, Henry spent nearly 27 years at the Bakersfield Californian as a reporter, editor and columnist covering issues in California's Central Valley.

Abrahm Lustgarten, Environmental Reporter at ProPublica. Lustgarten focuses on the intersection of business, climate and energy and his series “Killing the Colorado,” examined the causes of water scarcity in the American West. Prior to ProPublica, Lustgarten was a staff writer at Fortune.







Felicity Barringer, Writer in Residence at the Bill Lane Center for the American West and Editor of "& the West" blog at Stanford University. Barringer is a former New York Times reporter who spent 28 years at the paper, 10 of which was spent as an environment correspondent.

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