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>

Science journalist and Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Maryn McKenna specializes in reporting about public health, global health and food policy. She is a frequent contributor to National Geographic and helped jumpstart their award-winning website The Plate, a discussion on food policy. 

McKenna closely follows the story of antibiotic use in agriculture and the rise of drug-resistant bacteria. Her 2015 TED Talk on antibiotics has been viewed over 1.4 million times. 

Her new book, "Big Chicken," will be released by National Geographic in September.

Environmental Justice

Recent work by Senior Fellows Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern and science journalist and Senior Fellow Maryn McKenna

Senior Fellows Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern have dedicated more than a decade to reporting on issues of environmental justice in Africa and Southeast 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.

Coates and Redfern reported 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."

The Life of Laotians Post-Bombing

Read Coates and Redfern’s full report on The Legacy of Unexploded U.S. Bombs in Laos.
The Legacy of Unexploded U.S. Bombs in Laos

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Obama's $90 million for bomb clearance in Laos: Following the publication of Eternal Harvest, the U.S. announced increased funding for bomb clearance and victim assistance in Laos, which was the book's primary recommendation. The new allocation was $15 million, a 25 percent increase over 2014. In 2016, the Obama administration pledged $90 for bomb clearance, to which Coates and Redfern responded, “It’s a dramatic increase … but it’s not nearly enough.” 

Redfern was also awarded Society for Environmental Journalists’ grant to film a documentary in Laos based on his and Coates' work for Eternal Harvest.

Timor-Leste
In 2016, Redfern and Coates reported on "food security, hunger and healthcare" in East Timor with the international Reporting Project grant.
Coverage in Africa
In 2015, Senior Fellow Karen Coates was named a Connect Fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. She used the fellowship to continue her reporting on food security, health and development in Africa.

How Bicycles are Helping to Heal Rwanda

Other Selected Articles: 

Read more of Coates’ and Redfern’s works on their website .


Senior Fellow Maryn McKenna reports on public health and the cross-section between the environment, climate change, and our health.