Native News Online Reporter Selected for Oxford Climate Reporting Fellowship

 Native News Online Senior Reporter Jenna Kunze (third from left, wearing hat) shown reporting a story about one tribe’s effort to reclaim their ancestral practice of kelp farming to help restore balance to their polluted environment. (Photo: Native News Online)
Native News Online Senior Reporter Jenna Kunze (third from left, wearing hat) shown reporting a story about one tribe’s effort to reclaim their ancestral practice of kelp farming to help restore balance to their polluted environment. (Photo: Native News Online)

Native News Online’s Jenna Kunze has been selected as one of 100 journalists from around the world to participate in the Oxford Climate Journalism Network’s program in 2024.

Kunze, a senior reporter for the Indigenous-led news outlet, is one of just six North American journalists selected from a pool of 700 applicants worldwide for the prestigious program’s fifth cohort.

The Oxford Climate Journalism Network supports a global community of reporters and editors across beats and platforms to improve the quality, understanding and impact of climate coverage around the world. It is a program of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Since its launch in January 2022, the network has worked with 400 reporters and editors from over 100 countries, from editors-in-chief and business editors to photojournalists and climate specialists. Any person in the newsroom, from any desk, can join the network.

“Jenna’s selection for the Oxford Climate Journalism program is a testament to her dedication to shining a light on crucial Indigenous issues,” Native News Online Editor and Publisher Levi Rickert said. “This unique and prestigious opportunity will allow us to share more stories, Indigenous perspectives, and practical solutions that affect Native communities dealing with climate change.”

Based in New York City, Kunze leads Native News Online’s coverage of Indian boarding schools and repatriation, and also writes frequently about health equity and environmental justice issues in Indian Country. Since joining Native News Online in 2021, Kunze has earned fellowships with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and Solutions Journalism Network, and has reported in-depth stories about Indigenous issues that were funded by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

Previously, she worked as a journalist in Alaska for two years, with a focus on climate change, Indigenous people, and violence against Native women. During that time, she moved to the Alaskan Arctic to report a Pulitzer Center-funded story about the adaptability and resilience of the Iñupiat people in the face of an ever-changing climate. Her reporting, in collaboration with audio journalist Alice Qannik Glenn (Iñupiaq), earned her a global 2021 Covering Climate Now Journalism Award, presented by Columbia Journalism Review and NBC's Al Roker.

More recently, her story about a team of Indigenous doulas reclaiming birthing practices and saving lives by providing maternal care to Native women was one of 43 stories highlighted by the Pulitzer Center in 2023. The story was co-published by Native News Online, Elle Magazine and multiple McClatchy newspaper outlets in Washington state.



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