WSJ D.C. Bureau Veteran Fialka Heading New Online Climate Pub

Veteran Wall Street Journal environmental reporter John Fialka is embarking on a career as editor of a new online climate change newsletter, produced by E&E Publishing, LLC, the Washington, D.C., publisher of Greenwire.

E&E editor-in-chief and principal Kevin D. Braun, who hired Fialka just as the veteran reporter was considering doing some post-WSJ teaching, said in an e-mail response to questions that the new service, ClimateWire, will cover “all the major climate-related action that is part of the daily news cycle.”

Braun said the new venture will seek to provide daily online coverage providing “thoughtful, in-depth enterprising coverage” of critical climate change issues and consequences. Along with E&E’s other information products – Environment & Energy Daily, E&ENews PM, and E&ET, the new effort, Braun said, assumes a worldwide market, “and we are prepared to do what’s necessary to meet the needs of a global audience.” He said the company’s 30-plus reporter and editor employees would contribute from time to time to the new effort, “but we are adding new top-flight reporters and editors” to assure subscribers “thought-leading content they won’t get anywhere else. Hiring John Fialka is part of that effort.” Fialka had been with The Wall Street Journal for 26 years, 24 of them in the Washington, D.C., bureau.

Braun said the firm has opened a new West Coast bureau in San Francisco to report on California’s greenhouse gas program and on other West Coast and Pacific Rim issues. He said a bureau in New York and a “very experienced reporter” in Copenhagen will cover United Nations, European Union, and other international energy and climate issues. Plans also call for on-site coverage from Asia and in particular from China. For additional information on the new publication, visit eenews.net

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