About Midwest Energy News

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Midwest Energy News, launched in 2010, is a nonprofit news site dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens informed of the important changes taking place as the Midwest shifts from fossil fuels to a clean energy system.

Midwest Energy News is published by RE-AMP, a network of more than 145 nonprofits throughout the region, and is based at Fresh Energy, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for clean energy policy. Midwest Energy News is an editorially independent news and information site, and its contents should not be considered to reflect policy positions of Fresh Energy, RE-AMP or our donors.

In 2015, Midwest Energy News became a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News.

In addition to individual donors, current and past funders of Midwest Energy News, Southeast Energy News and U.S. Energy News include:
The Joyce Foundation
The George Gund Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation
The Kresge Foundation (past)
The Garfield Foundation (past)
The Energy Foundation (past)

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Republish our work

In addition to a daily email digest of the most important news stories from the region, Midwest Energy News also publishes original journalism written by independent freelance reporters. These stories are available for republication by other news outlets via Creative Commons Attribution/No Derivatives license. Contact editor Ken Paulman at paulman@fresh-energy.org for more information.

Please note that this license does not cover articles that we republish from other publications, Associated Press images, and any other material governed by a separate copyright agreement.

Write for us

Midwest Energy News publishes original reporting from experienced freelance journalists.

Send your resume and three relevant clips to editor Ken Paulman at paulman@fresh-energy.org. No phone calls, please.

We also publish occasional unpaid commentaries from experts in the energy field.

Midwest Energy News does not publish press releases, sponsored blog posts or other commercial content.


Ken Paulman, editor, St. Paul

Ken is the managing editor for digital media projects at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of Midwest Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune, before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. Ken is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, and serves on the board of directors of FracTracker, a mapping and data service that covers the oil and gas industry.

Post archive | Contact: paulman@fresh-energy.org, 651-726-7573, twitter.com/kenpaulman

Kari Lydersen, reporter, Chicago

Kari has written for Midwest Energy News as a freelancer since January 2011, and became our second journalism fellow in July 2012. Kari is an author and journalist who worked for the Washington Post's Midwest bureau from 1997 through 2009. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Chicago News Cooperative, Chicago Reader and other publications.

Post archive | Contact: kari.lydersen@gmail.com, twitter.com/karilydersen1

Karen Uhlenhuth, reporter, Kansas City

Karen began writing on a freelance basis for Midwest Energy News in March, 2013 and became our third journalism fellow in June. She spent most of her career reporting for The Kansas City Star, focusing at various times on local and regional news, and features. More recently, she was employed as a researcher and writer for a bioethics center at a children's hospital in Kansas City.

Post archive | Contact: karen.uhlenhuth@gmail.com

Kathiann M. Kowalski, reporter, Cleveland

Kathi began writing for Midwest Energy News as a freelancer in April 2013 and became a journalism fellow in March 2014. As the author of 25 books and more than 600 articles, she writes often on science and policy issues.

In addition to her journalism career, Kathi is an alumna of Harvard Law School and has spent 15 years practicing law. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers.

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Andy Balaskovitz, reporter, Grand Rapids

andy-balaskovitzAndy started as a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News in May 2014. He comes off of four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He started freelancing for City Pulse in 2010, moved to a full-time staff writer and spent the last two years as managing editor, covering local government. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at MSU.

Post archive | Contact: abalaskovitz@gmail.com

Frank Jossi, reporter, St. Paul

jossi cropFrank is an independent journalist and consultant based in St. Paul and a longtime contributor to Midwest Energy News. His articles have appeared in more than 50 publications, including Minnesota Monthly, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, The Star Tribune, Minnesota Technology, Finance & Commerce and others. Frank has also been a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota, a Fulbright journalism teacher in Pakistan and Albania, and was also program director of the World Press Institute at Macalester College.

Post archive | Contact: frankjossi@comcast.net, 651-690-9211, twitter.com/fjjazz

Post archives for former reporting fellows: Dan Haugen | Dan Ferber

Comments policy

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