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Nancy Cohen
WNPR Environmental Initiative Reporter
Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
Nancy Cohen

Nancy Eve Cohen is the environmental reporter for WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio and the Managing Editor of the Northeast Environmental Hub, part of NPR’s local news initiative. Nancy also teaches in the Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

This past year the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut honored Nancy with "the Environmental Reporter of the Year" award. In addition, Nancy won the Connecticut Society for Professional Journalist's First Place award for In-depth Reporting.

Nancy’s environmental beat at WNPR has included everything from sewage overflows in people’s basements in Hartford (which earned her an Associated Press award) to toxic waste clean-ups, to the debate over siting new energy projects, to the challenges of recycling in a down economy.

In addition to her work at WNPR, Nancy’s stories have also aired on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, Marketplace and CBS Radio. She has also written for the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal.

Nancy began her journalism career in television, producing award-winning environmental documentaries and recording sound for network television. That work took her to Cuba for a rare interview with Fidel Castro, to Sarajevo during the war as well as to the rainforests of Guatemala and to Moscow during the early days of glasnost.

After graduating from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1994, she parlayed her sound recording skills into a new career in public radio, first as the overnight editor on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition in Washington DC and later as an editor of All Things Considered and NPR’s midwest editor.

Nancy has held environmental fellowships at the University of Alaska’s Toolik Field Station, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, and at the Universities of Maine and Colorado.

She is most proud of the rare honor of having a cow named after her in response to her stories on New England dairy farming.