Inside Climate News
FounderDavid Sassoon and Stacy Feldman[2]
TypeOnline publication[3]
Legal status501(c)(3)
FocusInvestigative news regarding climate, energy, and the environment
  • Brooklyn, NY
Area served
United States
Key people
Stacy Feldman
Lawrence Rodman
Norman Pearlstine
Budget (2016)
US$1.352 million[4]

Inside Climate News is a non-profit[5] news organization, focusing on environmental journalism.[6] The publication writes that it "covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science—plus the territory in between where law, policy and public opinion are shaped."[5]

Established in 2007, the Brooklyn, New York–based website covers environmental issues. In 2013 three of its staff members won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on the Kalamazoo River oil spill in Michigan.[7]


David Sassoon in 2015

The website was co-founded in 2007 by publisher David Sassoon and executive editor Stacy Feldman.[2] Originally called SolveClimate News, it adopted its current name "to counter the perception that it was an environmental advocacy organization."[6] As a non-profit journalism outlet, Inside Climate News's model is similar to that of ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Reporting, which have similarly gained recognition.[8] Like the other two organizations, Inside Climate News publishes its content for free on the Web, collaborates with for-profit news organizations that republish some of the nonprofit's work with credit, and aims "to tackle topics that bigger, better-known news organizations are not equipped or inclined to do."[8]

As of February 2018, Inside Climate News had a staff of 18, including 7 full-time reporters.[2]


Three Inside Climate News reporters—Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song, and David Hasemyer—won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their series of "rigorous reports" on the Kalamazoo River oil spill in Michigan, in which an Enbridge oil pipeline spill led to the costliest onshore oil spill in American history.[6][9] The Pulitzer citation praised the reporters for exporting the aftermath of the 2010 to 2012 oil spill and "flawed regulation of the nation's oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or 'dilbit'), a controversial form of oil."[9][8][10]

In April 2016, Inside Climate News was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for the 2015 Exxon: The Road Not Taken series.[11][12] Inside Climate News was awarded a 2015 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists for the informational graphics in the Exxon: The Road Not Taken series, which "provide a visual timeline of Exxon's views and efforts on climate change since the 1970s, and evidence of its uncertainty campaigns in the 1990s and 2000s."[13][14] The White House Correspondents Association awarded Inside Climate News a share in the 2016 Edgar A. Poe Award, which annually honors "excellence in news coverage of subjects and events of significant national or regional importance, written with fairness and objectivity," for the Exxon: The Road Not Taken series.[15][16]

In 2017, Inside Climate News journalist Marianne Lavelle was recognized with a SEAL Environmental Journalism Award for consistent excellence in investigation and reporting. [17]


  1. ^ Levitz, Dena.Ten Questions with David Sassoon of InsideClimate News. May 9, 2013. Accessed Oct. 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "People". Inside Climate News. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian (2013-04-16). "A Pulitzer Prize, but Without a Newsroom to Put It In". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  4. ^ "ICN 2016 Biennial Report" (PDF). ICN. p. 7.
  5. ^ a b About Inside Climate News, Inside Climate News. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Curtis Brainard, InsideClimate wins a Pulitzer, Columbia Journalism Review (April 16, 2013).
  7. ^ "2013 Pulitzer Prizes: Journalism". Pulitzer Prize Board. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  8. ^ a b c Brian Stelter, A Pulitzer Prize, but Without a Newsroom to Put It In, New York Times (April 16, 2013).
  9. ^ a b The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners: National Reporting. The Pulitzer Prizes. With short biographies, reprints of 11 works (InsideClimate News stories June 26 to December 27, 2012), and formal entry for the prize.
  10. ^ Haughney, Christine (April 16, 2013). Times Wins Four Pulitzers; Brooklyn Nonprofit Is Awarded a Reporting Prize, The New York Times, p. A19.
  11. ^ "Finalist: InsideClimate News". Columbia University. 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "InsideClimate News Is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Exxon Investigation". Inside Climate News. April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  13. ^ "Announcing the 2015 Sigma Delta Chi Award winners". Society of Professional Journalists. April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "InsideClimate News Wins SPJ Award for #ExxonKnew Infographics". Inside Climate News. April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "White House Correspondents' Association Announces 2016 Journalism Awards". White House Correspondents Association. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "White House Correspondents' Association Honors ICN's #ExxonKnew With Poe Award". Inside Climate News. April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "2017 SEAL Environmental Journalism Award Winners". SEAL Awards. 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2023-12-19.