2012 Metcalf Fellows – Bios

Michele W. Berger is an associate editor and the social media manager for Audubon magazine. She is also assistant adjunct faculty at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she is the managing editor for a magazine publishing seminar. Berger started her career at healthcare business-to-business publisher HCPro, Inc., where she worked for five years and earned the 2003 Rookie of the Year Award for editorial excellence. She eventually ran two of the publisher’s divisions as an executive editor. Berger earned a B.A. in American studies and journalism from Brandeis University and an M.S. in magazine publishing from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Mary Ann Bragg is a news reporter for the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Mass., part of the Dow Jones Local Media Group. She has won two first place awards for writing from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association. Before the Cape Cod Times, she was a town reporter for the Provincetown Banner in Provincetown, Mass. She interned at the Boston Globe. Before changing careers to journalism, Bragg was an information management consultant at Polaroid Corporation. Just out of college, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. She earned a B.S. in economics from Centre College and an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School.

Grace Chua is a journalist at The Straits Times, an English-language daily broadsheet in Singapore, and has four years of experience on the environment and science beat. She has covered the United Nations climate change conference in Durban, wildlife trade in South-East Asia, and desertification in China. She earned a B.A in psychology and English literature from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 2007 and an M.S in science writing from MIT in 2008.

Robert S. Eshelman is a New York City-based freelance journalist. His articles have appeared in The American Prospect, Abu Dhabi’s The National, The Baffler, The Nation, and Mother Jones, among other print and on-line publications. He is a contributing writer at The Brooklyn Rail. He is a 2012 graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program in Health and Science Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a 2011 recipient of a Gordon and Maggie Gray Fellowship in International Reporting he traveled to Egypt to report on the aftermath of the toppling of Hosni Mubarak. He received a B.A. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University.

Rosa Flores Dee is a television journalist who has contributed news reports at the national, state and local levels. Presently she covers enterprise and breaking news stories at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was selected to participate as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Masters In Professional Accounting commencement ceremony at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the author of Progreso, a history book about her hometown. Before joining WDSU she contributed on-air reports at KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas, and KWTV in Oklahoma City. Covering weather in tornado alley gave her tremendous exposure, with her reports appearing on CNN, The Weather Channel and CBS National Radio. In 2011 Flores Dee was selected to participate in the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution and also for the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting Science Seminar: Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. For eight years, starting in 2001, she personally organized and delivered thousands of pounds of food to communities in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. Flores Dee completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin: a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, a Bachelor’s in business administration and a Master’s in accounting.

Stephanie May Joyce is a reporter at NPR’s westernmost affiliate, Unalaska Community Broadcasting in Unalaska, AK. In 2011, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as a Middlebury Scholar. Prior to working at Unalaska Community Broadcasting, Joyce interned in the news departments of several Alaskan public radio stations and was a Middlebury College Narrative Journalism Fellow. She earned her International Baccalaureate at Red Cross Nordic United World College and her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Middlebury College.

Elaine M. Lembo is deputy editor for Cruising World magazine in Middletown, Rhode Island. Her work at the monthly combines her passions for liveaboard sailing, island exploration, and journalism. She has sailed boats in waters all over the world, from coastal North America and the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and the South Pacific Ocean. She began her career as a researcher, reporter, editor, and columnist for newspapers from Washington, D.C., to New England and in the Caribbean. Lembo has also delivered boats and worked in the sailboat charter industry. Her articles for CW have earned her several marine industry awards over the years. She was selected to participate in the Metcalf Institute Science Seminar for Journalists: Reporting on the Science and Impacts of Toxic Chemicals. Lembo is a master gardener through the University of Rhode Island. She earned a B.A. in liberal arts from the Pennsylvania State University.

Marta Smigrowska is host of the program Eco Reporter on the Polish national TV station Polsat News. She is the only journalist in Poland to focus on energy, transport, marine pollution and biodiversity loss in the context of climate change. Prior to that, she was involved with environmental non-governmental organizations. She advocated for strong climate protection policies in the European Union by consulting draft legal acts, organizing communication campaigns and participating in United Nations Climate Change Conferences. In 2009 she visited Capitol Hill to meet key people dealing with the American Clean Energy and Security Act. In 2004 she carried out research in the European Parliament in Brussels. Smigrowska earned an M.A. in linguistics from Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She also studied Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Matt Smith is a writer and editor for the CNN Wire and CNN.com, where he reported on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, much of which he covered from Tokyo. His previous assignments included coverage of the 2008 and 2000 presidential elections, U.S.-based reporting on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and stints on CNN’s fact-checking “Truth Squad.” Smith came to CNN in 1998 after working as a freelance writer, radio reporter and editor of an early Internet news site in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He earned a B.A. in journalism from Auburn University in 1990 and began his career as a reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama.

Environmental journalist Meera Subramanian writes for national and international publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Virginia Quarterly Review, Smithsonian, Orion, and many others. She has covered the return of peregrine falcons to the near extinction of vultures, arranged marriages in India, and organic chocolate in Grenada. In 2011, she received the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction and made Longform.org’s Top Ten Science Stories 2011 list. Her work has been anthologized in Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (Beacon Press, 2009) and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011 and 2012 (Travelers’ Tales). She also blogs for Dissent, serves as an editor for the online literary magazine Killing the Buddha, and has taught environmental journalism in Kenya. She earned a B.A. in cultural anthropology and Spanish from University of Washington, and worked for a decade in the environmental nonprofit field in the Pacific Northwest before attending New York University to earn an M.A. in journalism.