D.C. correspondent to expand HCN's reach


Elizabeth Shogren
Elizabeth Shogren is HCN's new D.C. correspondent
At a time when many newsrooms are reducing staff, High Country News is growing –– by hiring a special Washington, D.C., correspondent. Starting in early March, Elizabeth Shogren will take on the task of covering how major Western issues play out on the national stage. Her work will appear in both the magazine and on its website, exploring and explaining the many ways that politicians, federal agencies, government policies and nonprofit groups can have an impact on Westerners' daily lives.

"Elizabeth brings us incredible expertise on issues, a solid reputation in the D.C. journalism and environmental communities, and strong storytelling abilities," says Jodi Peterson, managing editor for High Country News. "She’ll help inform our readers of critical Western issues surrounding public lands, energy, economic development and communities, and how they shape, and are shaped by, national politics."

Shogren worked as an environment correspondent with NPR for 10 years, covering climate change, the drilling boom, endangered species and pollution. Before that, she served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau and has also been a foreign correspondent in Moscow.

"The role of the federal government in the West, historically and today, is immense," says Paul Larmer, High Country News publisher. "With many news organizations no longer supporting reporters outside of their locales, we hope to put Washington, D.C., front and center with people who care about the West."

Shogren's work will appear in HCN's biweekly newsmagazine, and on its website (hcn.org) and will also be available to other media outlets through syndication. 

Funding for this position was made possible partly by a grant from the Wyss Foundation, through the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

About High Country News:
For more than 45 years, High Country News has been known for its in-depth, independent journalism that digs deeper and reports stories about the American West that are often overlooked by larger media outlets. HCN’s nonprofit news organization has won numerous awards, including the 2013 and 2010 Utne Media Awards and the George Polk award, for its unique coverage of the West.

For more information about High Country News, its new D.C. correspondent and HCN's syndication services, contact Gretchen King, HCN community engagement coordinator, at 970-527-4898 x14 or .