The best way to tell ground-breaking stories is to experience them
Wind-turbine technicians are the fastest-growing job category in the United States. To see the story from the point of view of these industrial athletes, Jennifer Oldham snapped on a harness and climbed 260 rungs up a hollow tube to the top of a windmill as tall as the observation deck on the Statue of Liberty's crown. The Washington Post, Industry Week, The Denver Post, the Australian Financial Review and others picked up the story, setting the international agenda for enterprising clean-energy coverage.
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Giving voice to the earth
Through deeply reported months-long investigations revealing what’s at stake.
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As a Denver-based freelance journalist, Jennifer Oldham journeyed to New Mexico and Utah to research newly-discovered millennia-old Ancestral Puebloan ruins under threat from expedited federal oil and gas lease sales. She walked sites visited by only a handful of scientists during a months-long investigation for Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting that found the Department of Interior cast aside science in its pursuit of the Trump Administration's "energy-first" agenda. The story also became a radio piece.
Oldham also traveled to southwestern Utah for a National Geographic investigation documenting a little-noticed move by the federal government and states to remove tens of thousands of pinyon juniper trees across the west, including in biologically-diverse Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with masticators and bulldozers dragging anchor chains. These forests, which carpet 100 million acres across 10 states, are increasingly being replaced by forage for cattle and trophy-winning deer herds after the federal government enacted policies that limit scientific review and public input.
Jennifer Oldham is not afraid to get dirty. Interviews with the right people and observations in the field happen off the beaten path. Fence-jumping in a junk yard informed an award-winning piece on the real estate crisis in North Dakota's man camps.