about me

I’m a freelance writer based in Oregon. Previously I was a staff writer at Phoenix New Times, a weekly paper where I covered news and wrote features. My stories focus on water, climate change, and the environment, although sometimes they tackle issues in other areas, like prisons, politics, and public health. In 2020, several pieces I wrote for New Times received an honorable mention for explanatory reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

My work has been published by NatureThe NationHarper’sThe Atlantic, Al Jazeera English, and others. I’ve reported from Jordan, where I lived for two years, as well as from Israel, Maine, South Carolina, New York, and of course, Arizona. In 2018, I was honored to be a recipient of an Overseas Press Club Foundation award, as well as a Taylor/Blakeslee Project Fellowship from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, both of which supported a summer of reporting on water in the Middle East.

When I’m not reporting and writing, I am most likely hiking or climbing (or sleeping on) a mountain somewhere, or curled up in bed with a good book. I speak decent Levantine Arabic and half-decent Mandarin Chinese. Hopefully soon, I’ll graduate from Spanish 101.

Get in touch! elizabeth.w.whitman@gmail.com.

Roosevelt Dam. Credit: Elizabeth Whitman
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