Reporting Fellow 

Siri has been published in Block Club Chicago, Motherboard (VICE), Teen Vogue, Chicago Reader, Catapult Magazine and The Juggernaut. She studied interdisciplinary science, as well as journalism and design, at The New School in New York. Chilukuri is based in Chicago and is also an intern at the Illinois watchdog organization, Better Government Association. 

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Reporting Intern

Abi is Floodlight's summer reporting intern through Planet Forward. She is a senior at George Washington University and is majoring in journalism and mass communication. Abi’s work has been published in Outdoor Life, Planet Forward and the United States Department of the Interior. She primarily writes about science and directs documentaries about women in the arts. Abi is from Asheville, North Carolina. 




Emily is an investigative environmental journalist with a decade of reporting experience in Washington, D.C. She was most recently the environment correspondent for the Guardian. She has written for Politico, E&E News and CQ Roll Call. Her work has also been published in The Arizona Republic, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Houston Chronicle and Gannett newspapers. 

Emily has covered the White House, federal agencies, Congress, the courts, and electricity regulation, through the Obama and Trump administrations. She grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where her father works in the oil industry. 



Alexander is the senior environment reporter for HuffPost. He is on the board of directors of the historic magazine Jewish Currents, on the advisory board of the local investigative site New York Focus, and serves as an adviser to Floodlight.

A two-time recipient of the SEAL Environmental Journalism Award, his globe-spanning coverage of climate and environmental issues includes dispatches from China's first atom-smashing lab, Greenland's ice sheet, and villages deep in the Brazilian Amazon. He started in journalism at 15 years old, writing for a weekly newspaper in the New York City suburbs.



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Floodlight is is a nonprofit newsroom supported by a mix of philanthropic grants from foundations and gifts from individuals. 

While the government is processing Floodlight's application for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, the Society of Environmental Journalists is acting as a fiscal sponsor for major grants. Gifts from individuals will be retroactively tax deductible once our nonprofit tax status is confirmed. 

Floodlight is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and subscribes to its standards of editorial independence. We retain full authority over editorial content:

  • Our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

  • We do not accept charitable donations from anonymous sources or sources who present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

  • Floodlight may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. 

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