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Water Deeply is designed to help you understand the complex web of environmental, social and economic issues related to water in California. Our editors and expert contributors are working around the clock to bring you greater clarity and comprehensive coverage of the state's water issues.

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About Water Deeply

Water Deeply is an independent digital media project dedicated to covering the water crises in California and the American West. Our team, a mix of journalists and technologists, aims to build a better user experience of the story by providing news and analysis in an easily accessible platform. Our hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding and more sustained public engagement at a critical moment in water policy.

Water Deeply is a part of News Deeply, a new media startup and social enterprise based in New York. We are registered as a B Corp, or Benefit Corporation, with the stated mission of advancing foreign policy literacy through public service journalism. We receive no government funding, instead earning our revenues through a mix of foundation grants and digital-design services. Our client partners include the World Economic Forum, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Baker Institute at Rice University.

We want anyone who comes to Water Deeply to walk away smarter and better informed about what’s happening in our world. We are fielding your feedback and story ideas through info@newsdeeply.org.


Tara Lohan, Managing Editor

Tara Lohan is managing editor of Water Deeply. She’s been writing about the confluence of water and energy issues for more than 15 years and spent seven years as a managing editor at AlterNet. She’s the editor of two books on the global water crisis and her work has been published by the Nation, Salon, the American Prospect and others. She holds a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Middlebury College and a master’s in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. She tweets from @TaraLohan and lives in San Francisco. You can email her at tara@newsdeeply.org.

Matt Weiser, Contributing Editor

Matt Weiser is a contributing editor at Water Deeply and helped launch the organization as its first managing editor in June 2015. He has covered environmental issues in California for 30 years as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. From 2005 to 2015, he covered water, flood control and natural resources at The Sacramento Bee newspaper, where he earned numerous awards for his reporting.

Chris Bowman, Contributing Editor

Chris is one of the nation’s most experienced environmental journalists, having worked many sides of the beat in his 24 years at The Sacramento Bee. Several of his investigative stories have led to state and federal reforms. He is the first U.S. journalist to be appointed Environmental Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, awarding him a year of study in 1994-95. More recently, Chris immersed himself in the California drought as communications director with the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California – Davis. When he’s not deep into water, he skims its surface as a competitive oarsman with the River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento.


Partner Organizations

Associated Press

http://www.ap.org/

The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.

McClatchy Newspapers

http://www.mcclatchy.com/

The McClatchy Company is a leading newspaper and Internet publisher dedicated to the values of quality journalism, free expression and community service.

KQED Radio

http://www.kqed.org/radio/

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media. KQED provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone; and engage audiences to share their stories. KQED help students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration—exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

Capital Public Radio

http://www.capradio.org/

Capital Public Radio provides a trusted source of information, music and entertainment for curious and thoughtful people.

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

https://watershed.ucdavis.edu/

The Center for Watershed Sciences is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of critical water challenges, particularly in California, focusing on environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for managing rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Ceres

https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/partner/connectthedrops/

Ceres is a nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization mobilizing business leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges.


Contribute

Water Deeply always welcomes tips, story pitches and op-ed submissions about the California drought and the water crisis throughout the west.

  • Send your tips to our managing editor.
  • Our community section accepts op-ed submissions from researchers, community leaders and policymakers. We consider op-eds that are between 600 and 800 words, are well-argued and not overly promotional. Email our managing editor with a finished op-ed or a proposal.
  • For story pitches, contact our managing editor. We accept brief proposals for medium-length news features and interviews, as well as audio stories, videos and photo essays.

We regret that, owing to the volume of submissions we receive, we may contact only writers whose work we will commission. 

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Lara

Lara Setrakian

CEO, Co-Founder and Executive Editor

Lara is an award-winning journalist, strategist and entrepreneur. She spent five years in the Middle East reporting via television, radio and digital platforms for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider and Monocle magazine. Her 2009 coverage of Iran’s election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011 garnered industry praise. Lara is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a degree in government. Lara enjoys a strong yoga practice, reading poetry and cooking vegetarian meals.

Dan

Daniel Beaulieu

Chief Content Officer

Dan is responsible for content strategy and operations on all News Deeply platforms. He previously led the World Economic Forum’s Knowledge Lab, the incubation arm of the Global Agenda Councils Network. He was a founding editor of the award-winning national newspaper of the United Arab Emirates, the National, and an editor at both the Middle East and Asia headquarters of Agence France-Presse. As a regional correspondent, he took on multiple assignments in Iraq, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, Thailand and Hong Kong. Dan also worked as a journalist for Reuters in Tokyo and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He holds a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Samir

Samir Sheth

Chief Business Officer

Samir is responsible for business growth, strategy and operations at News Deeply. He brings with him experiences ranging from a stint as a consultant at McKinsey, to leadership positions at Sony Music and Bertelsmann, to investing in consumer and media start-ups. He holds a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a passionate consumer of News Deeply content and an overall news and policy junkie, Samir enjoys playing and composing music, design and architecture, and working with his wife on a social enterprise focused on maternal health in the developing world.

Dave

Dave Poritzky

Chief Revenue Officer

Dave Poritzky is the Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing sales and product-development activities for News Deeply and serving on the firm's executive team. Prior to arriving at News Deeply, Dave spent almost a decade as part of the commercial leadership of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the leading energy-research startup that was acquired by Bloomberg LP in 2009. Dave led several initiatives at Bloomberg/BNEF, including the firm's Future of Energy Summit series and various other BNEF sales, research and consulting projects. Before BNEF, Dave served as Chief Operating Officer and corporate advisory services at Eurasia Group, the premier political-risk advisory firm. He was also Marketing Director for a supermarket joint-venture in Vladivostok, Russia, where he co-founded the fabled music festival, "Vladi-rock-stok." Dave graduated Cornell University with honors and received his MBA/MA from the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt

Matt Unger

Chief Product Officer

Matt is the Chief Product officer of News Deeply, where he oversees digital product strategy as well as community development initiatives. Matt has decades of experience building useful and usable digital products for B2B, mobile application development, media, and retail organizations. As the Chief Digital Officer of K2 Intelligence, an investigative consultancy, he led the development of an innovative data analytics practice as well as software tools for case management, information gathering, and data visualization. At Gerson Lehrman Group, he led software initiatives to help recruit, manage, and scale the global expert network at the heart of GLG’s business. Prior to his work at GLG, he held leadership and creative technology roles at media and publishing companies like Conde Nast, iVillage, Zagat Survey, and Time Inc. He graduated from Tufts University. When he’s not at News Deeply’s New York office, he’s probably on a bicycle.

Liana

Liana Avetian

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development

Liana has 15 years of experience in strategic partnership and business development, particularly in European and Asian markets. Before joining the News Deeply team, she was a commercial director at Cosmopolitan Armenia, leading strategic partnerships and initiatives in Armenian and Russian markets. Before Liana moved to Armenia, she owned an alternative health center based in Massachusetts in the United States. Liana spends most of her free time playing with her two sons.

Arindam

Arindam Biswas

Development Operations

Arindam is a backend developer, startup mentor and serial entrepreneur. He’s also a founder at CollectiveZen, an award-winning technology services and solutions provider with clients in India and North America. He bootstrapped his first startup in 2000 and went on to merge operations with Mixercast, where his roles included product design and management. His passions include the convergence of commoditized infrastructure, multi-gestural interfaces, the emerging ubiquity of the mobile Internet and location-based services. His daily pursuit of happiness ends with a smile when he makes a difference in the lives of the next generation.

Kim

Kim Bode

Community Editor, Geopolitics

Kim Bode is the community editor of Syria Deeply and Refugees Deeply, working at the intersection of strategy, editorial and product. Prior to joining News Deeply, she graduated from New York University’s Studio 20 program, which focuses on innovation in journalism, completing a research project with Facebook’s Journalism Partnerships team. Born and raised in Berlin, she came to New York in 2011 as Wall Street correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland and NZZ am Sonntag, and later also reported for Die Zeit. When she manages to get offline, Kim enjoys a steady yoga practice and contemplating where to travel to next.

Ian

Ian Evans

Community Editor, Environment

Ian is the Community Editor of Water Deeply and Arctic Deeply. Before joining News Deeply, he was a freelance science journalist in Boston with a focus on environmental law and policy. He has been published in Undark Magazine, FiveThirtyEight, Nautilus, and more. Ian grew up in California, and before getting into journalism he planned on becoming an ecologist. Instead, he pursued science writing and in 2016 he earned an MS in science journalism from Boston University. When he has spare time, Ian likes to get out and go hiking, backpacking and birding.

Jolly

Jihii Jolly

Community Editor, Women & Girls Hub

Jihii Jolly is community editor of the Women & Girls Hub at News Deeply. A multimedia journalist with a varied background production and research, she specializes in media, culture and religion, she has written and produced content for the Columbia Journalism Review, The Atlantic and Narratively, among others. She was previously an Innovation Fellow at EdLab Studios, a research, media design lab at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to producing her own work, she taught pre-college journalism at the School of the New York Times. Currently, she teaches community engagement at Stony Brook University's Journalism School. She's originally from India, and grew up in New York.

Arpine

Arpiné Grigoryan

Director of Operations

Arpine Grigoryan is a new media professional, project manager and trainer with 15+ years of experience. Arpine is the Director of Operations at News Deeply and is the head of the Yerevan office. Arpine is actively engaged in co-organizing popular TEDx events in Armenia and the biggest Armenian tech conference BarCamp Yerevan for the past 6 years. Prior to joining News Deeply, Arpine acted as the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications at PanARMENIAN.Net – the first Armenian online media platform. For the past decade, Arpine has led workshops and training sessions for various organizations and provided communication and marketing support for several local startups. Arpine received her Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the State Engineering University of Armenia and has studied Information Security and Computer Science for her Bachelor’s. Her free time Arpine likes to spend reading and sewing. She has established the “Sewing Club in Armenia” with a few thousand members online.

Laura

Laura Mandel

Director, Partnerships & Business Development

Laura is responsible for sales and business development at News Deeply. Prior to joining the team, she worked in syndication and licensing for The New York Times, as well as in fundraising for a social justice philanthropy. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in History and French and is passionate about human rights, women's rights and foreign languages. Currently based in New York, Laura has lived and worked in both Paris and Jerusalem.

Jc

JC Medina

Senior Product Manager

JC is a product manager and digital producer responsible for shipping dozens of software projects since 2001. Prior to joining News Deeply, he was a senior manager at LookSmart Ltd., leading strategic initiatives in adtech, ecommerce, and social media marketing platforms. Before he moved to New York, JC managed the corporate development and mentoring program of G2VC, a venture capital firm based in Manila, Philippines. With years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience, JC has advised a handful of startups on product strategy and customer acquisition. A passionate runner, JC has completed multiple half and full marathons in the past eight years.

Ali

Ali Moore

Chief Copy Editor

Ali Moore is the chief copy editor for News Deeply. She has an extensive catalog of experience, spanning a full range of roles, from commissioning editor to project manager, and working with a number of high-profile organizations, including Microsoft, the Consumers’ Association, Reader’s Digest, Time Magazine, the Glasgow Herald, McGraw-Hill, Bertelsmann, Bloomsbury and the Institute of Education, as well as being an occasional seller of vintage clothing. When not at her desk or running a busy household, she enjoys Glasgow’s vibrant music scene.

Todd

Todd Woody

Executive Editor, Environment

Todd oversees News Deeply’s environmental news platforms. A veteran environmental journalist, he previously was the editorial director for environment at TakePart, a digital magazine owned by Participant Media. Todd has also served as a reporter and editor at Fortune, Forbes, Business 2.0 and other national magazines and was the business editor of the San Jose Mercury News. He was a frequent contributor to the New York Times, The Atlantic and Quartz, covering green technology and other environmental issues. Todd is based in California, where he is an avid surfer and hiker. A former resident of Australia, he’s one of the few people to have seen the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat in the wild.

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