Our Journalist Team

Elizabeth McCarthy is Managing Editor and publisher. She co-founded California Current in 2002 after covering energy and water since the early 1990s. She’s reported on a wide variety of topics—from environment to dance—for various publications and organizations near and far. That includes Canary Media, the World Health Organization, Agence France Presse, Harvard University’s Nieman Reports, Oakland Magazine, New Scientist, Sacramento Business Journal and Sacramento News & Review. She was BNA’s Irish correspondent, covering myriad issues—from wave energy to European Union directives. She also worked in Nippon Telegraph & Telephone’s International Legal Office in Tokyo, Japan.

Herman K. Trabish, D.C., has been a Doctor of Chiropractic for 33 years and years ago realized his strategy to fix the planet one person at a time was moving too slowly. An accidental encounter with Daniel Yergin’s The Prize led to a protracted study of the bloody, fiery history of oil and his Oil In Their Blood (http://www.oilintheirblood.com) series of historical novels on oil history. Trabish was redeemed from the horrific side of energy’s history by mentor Paul MacCready, one of the founding fathers of the modern renewable energy business. A five-year apprenticeship developing NewEnergyNews (http://www.newenergynews.net) followed, a blog he continues to curate. His best effort to achieve full competence on the energy generation beat is ongoing at California Current.

William J. Kelly is California Current’s staff editor and writer. He has written on environmental and energy issues for more than 20 years. His articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Inside Climate News, California Journal, LA Weekly, Orange County Weekly, Scientific American, Alternet, and the Environment News Service. Earlier in his career, Kelly covered national environmental issues in Washington, D.C., for the employee-owned publishing company BNA, today known as Bloomberg-BNA. He also has written and edited books on the environment, including “Home Safe Home” (National Press, Inc., 1989; republished by Avon Books, 1991), “Smogtown: The Lung Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles” (Overlook Press, 2008), “The People’s Republic of Chemicals” (Rare Bird Books, 2014), and several volumes published by BNA. He spent more than 13 years as press spokesperson and communications manager for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the smog control agency for greater Los Angeles. He has won numerous prizes for his writing and work in communications. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Ingrid Lobet is a contributing editor who focuses on climate, energy and environmental health. She has edited the Energy Gang podcast and Living On Earth from Public Radio International. Her reporting has appeared in The Atlantic, Inside Climate News, USA Today, Marketplace, NPR, the Houston Chronicle, PBS NewHour, Greentech Media and Canary Media, among others. Winner of Investigative Reporters and Editors, RTNDA, Scripps Howard, AP Managing Editors and Polk awards, the last two as part of teams. She has an M.S. in climate science and energy policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Calvin is Current’s web artist, developer, and digital marketing advisor. Her professional experience ranges from managing digital marketing campaigns and creating websites, to fundraising for a local concert series and the rebuilding of a clinic post-earthquake in Nepal. Sarah is an accomplished Fair Trade expert, whose priority is balanced with client relationships and community building. Along the way she creates and streamlines organizational systems, measurably improves quality and generally leaves a trail of high-impact design in her wake.

Mark Edward Nero is California Current’s South Coast correspondent. Nero, based in Long Beach, Calif., has been writing for Current since 2005 and has been a professional journalist since 1995. He has worked for a series of Southern California daily newspapers, including the San Diego Union-Tribune and Long Beach Press-Telegram. His writing also has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Daily News, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to reporting for Current, Nero writes about the maritime shipping industry.

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