Erin Schulte joined Inside Climate News as the first Senior Editor, Networks and Partnerships, and assumed responsibility for expanding the award-winning nonprofit’s national reach and developing its climate and environmental reporting networks in the Southeast, Midwest, Mountain West, West Coast and other regions .
Her position, which will also include leading reporting and editing articles, represents a significant expansion aimed at taking the 15-year-old digital newsroom to new levels of ambition, impact and financial sustainability. Schulte will be joined in two other newly created positions by Victoria St. Martin, responsible for health and environmental justice, and Charlotte Mikk, who will become the principal gifts officer on ICN’s development staff.
“We are working to revitalize a crucial part of the declining news ecosystem and deliver superbly produced climate journalism to an ever-growing audience every day,” said David Sassoon, founder and editor of Inside Climate News. “We are extremely fortunate to have these highly experienced and high-performing professionals join our team to fill these important new roles.”
Schulte, who lives in Washington, comes to ICN from Fast Company and Hearst Digital Magazines, where she was senior editor. She was also the editor-in-chief of Huge, the Brooklyn-based digital agency. She began her career as a town hall reporter at The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock and later became a reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, covering the US stock market for WSJ.com.
Schulte also served three years on the board of directors of the Center for Public Integrity, the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit investigative organization based in Washington, DC. She is from South Dakota and has a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“For this important new senior editorial position, which oversees networks and partnerships, we were looking for the journalistic equivalent of a five-tool baseball player,” said Vernon Loeb, executive editor. “We found one in Erin. She cares deeply about stories, authors, editorial collaboration, alternative story forms and climate change, our intense focus on the editorial board. She also has years of experience as a writer, editor, manager and team builder.”
St. Martin, based in Philadelphia, comes to ICN after a 20-year career in journalism working for The Washington Post, The Star-Ledger of Newark, NJ, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, The Trentonian, The South Bend Tribune and WNIT, the PBS member station serving north-central Indiana.
St. Martin is also a journalism educator, having spent four years as a distinguished visiting journalist with the Gallivan program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. She currently teaches at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication. St. Martin is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a master’s degree from American University’s School of Communication. A native of New Jersey, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and has written extensively on the prevalence of breast cancer in young women. In her work, St. Martin is particularly interested in health care inequalities affecting black women.
“Vicki diligently follows the big picture and brings compassion to her work for the people who are at the center of the facts,” said Editor-in-Chief Sonya Ross. “We see both as essential to our storytelling about health and climate change, and we’re excited about the opportunities it brings to our team.”
Mikk comes to ICN after serving as the Major Gifts Officer for the Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked closely with EDF’s senior program and executives in Washington, DC, Boston, Raleigh and Austin to build the fundraising capacity increase in regional markets.
Keeping environmental journalism alive
ICN offers award-winning free climate reporting and advertising. We depend on donations from readers like you to keep going.
You will be redirected to ICN’s fundraising partner.
Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Mikk has been in development since 2000 and has focused on annual giving and fundraising for leading environmental and cultural organizations including Conservation International, the Smithsonian Institution and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Also from New Jersey, Mikk holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in art management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. She currently resides in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.
“Charlotte brings a brand new skill to our fundraising team that is critical to our sustainable growth strategy,” said Sassoon. “We look forward to her using her talents and experience to support all we do at ICN to strengthen the practice of climate, environmental and justice journalism.”
About Inside Climate News
Founded in 2007, Inside Climate News is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, not-for-profit, nonpartisan news organization providing the public and decision-makers with essential reporting and analysis on climate change, energy and the environment. We act as watchdogs for government and industry, holding them accountable for their policies and actions.
We have received national recognition for our work and many of journalism’s most prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. We have built one of the largest dedicated climate newsrooms in the country and continue to expand collaborative local reporting networks in many regions of the country. We are committed to educating the next generation of journalists of color and strengthening the practice of environmental and legal journalism.