The Journalists

Senior Fellows Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern report primarily from Southeast Asia, working as a print and photojournalist team on issues involving the environment, health, and human rights. In 2013, ThingsAsian Press published their two books, "Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos" and "This Way More Better." 

Coates, a former correspondent for Gourmet, was a 2010-2011 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she focused on food security issues. 

Redfern was a 2012-2013 Scripps Fellow, focusing on data visualization and water issues in the Western U.S. Read Coates and Redfern's full bios here>

Clearing UXO from a garden, Laos; photo by Jerry Redfern

Clearance teams work to detect and remove unexploded ordnance from a garden plot in Laos. Photo by Jerry Redfern.

Environmental Justice


Senior Fellows Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern have dedicated more than a decade to reporting on issues of environmental justice in Asia, which includes public health and human rights. Their reporting connects the economies and societies of that part of the world to the West, telling the stories of people there affected by globalization and foreign policy.

The Global Land Grab: Rich countries are buying up poor countries
Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, April 25, 2014, Slate.

Noi's Life With Bombs
Karen Coates & Jerry Redfern, April 15, 2014, Chime for Change.

The Legacy of Unexploded U.S. Bombs in Laos

Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos
Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, December 2013, ThingsAsian Press.