Climate Tracker, together with the Stanley Foundation and the UNSG Climate Action team, ran a global competition to offer 8 fellowships to the Global Climate Strike, the UN Youth Climate Summit, the UN Climate Action Summit, which will take place in New York this September.

We had amazing writers apply to the competition, and here you can meet some of them!

Our Winners

The eight fellows selected to participate will be in New York from September 19-26. In addition to covering the Summits and Global Climate Strike, they will receive training on climate and journalism organized by Climate Tracker and the Stanley Foundation, participate in group interviews with high-level officials/experts, and network with amazing people from all over the world!

Mohammed El-Said

Mohammed El-Said is the science editor of the Daily News Egypt. He has a bachelor degree in Geography and a diploma in media translation from the American University in Cairo. Mohammed is also a freelance environmental journalist reporting for Scientific American Arabic Edition, among others. He has been awarded fellowships by the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, as well as Climate Tracker and Cambridge University for reporting on climate change.


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Alick Ponje

Alick Ponje is a journalist working with Times Group, Malawi’s biggest private media company with four media-related subsidiaries, namely Blantyre Newspapers Limited (print), Times Television, Times Radio and Times Online ( He has worked with the institution since 2014, a year after he graduated from the University of Malawi where he had studied Literature in English.

Alick is passionate about highlighting problems which less-privileged Malawians face. His areas of focus include human rights, health, climate change and good governance. As a features reporter, he dedicates most of his time delving deeper into ignored stories, highlighting gaps and problems that need particular attention.

In 2017, he was conferred the inaugural Southern Africa Media Award in Social Accountability for investigative reporting on HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Malawi, by Highway Africa at Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies. He has also clinched several other local awards in areas such as climate change, health, human rights and education.

When he is not working—which is rarely the case—he likes playing soccer, watching movies and reading literary works.

Twitter: @aponje

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Daniela González

Daniela Gonzalez is a 25-year-old reporter from Madrid (Spain). She started studying Aeronautical Engineering seven years ago but, after four years of hard work, realized that it was not the life she wanted. 

This period was when her interest in environmentalism began. Daniela gave up her degree and started Journalism when she was twenty-three years old, with a desire to inform people about things that did not appear in the news.

After realizing her true passion, Daniela participated in her university’s radio for two years, while saving money to achieve her goal of working in Wisconsin, USA to obtain new opportunities. 

Now, she is working for Agencia EFE until November, specifically EFEverde, the environmental news section. She covers daily news, in addition to investigating self-selected topics. 

Daniela tries to improve herself everyday with the goal of becoming one of the best environmental journalists in the future. 

Twitter: @danielainmotion

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Francisco Parra

Francisco Parra is a reporter based in Chile. He has worked in digital media in Chile and Argentina, where he lived for about two years. He also has experience in organizations and research projects, as the one in charge of communication strategies. Now he covers climate change and environment issues for the newspaper La Tercera, in addition to being a freelance journalist. 

Twitter: @frparrag 

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Sebastián Rodríguez

Journalist based in San José, Costa Rica, focusing on climate change, biodiversity and sustainability news. Studied Communications at the University of Costa Rica. Publishes regularly in Semanario Universidad and Thomson Reuters Foundation News. 

Twitter: @sebastianrodvar

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Sabrina Pozzi

Sabrina Pozzi is a 23-year-old Argentinian journalist who writes for La Izquierda Diario (online) about the environment. She has been interested in this topic since her university teacher told her about Roundup, or “glifosato” – a widely-used herbicide in Argentina later found to be carcinogenic. Sabrina immediately realized she had to write about topics like this. Since she obtained her bachelor’s, Sabrina has been focusing on spreading environment information, first via radio, then via an online medium. Nowadays, in addition to writing for La Izquierda Diario, she also participates in two radio programs. 

Sabrina is studying Literature at the University of Buenos Aires, as well as taking a course about Journalism and Environment Communication in Lavaca. She works in TEA, the journalism institute where she studied, as a radio teacher assistant.

She thinks that the most important struggle of all is that of vulnerable communities for their lives. 

Twitter: @sabrinapozzi

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Manka Behl

Manka Behl is a reporter based in Nagpur, the geographical centre point of India. She is 26 years old and presently working as a Senior Correspondent with the Times of India, one of the biggest English dailies of the country. 

After trying her hands at different beats, she finally found her calling in environment. Apart from air pollution which is a pressing issue in almost all major urban cities of India, she reports on the use of fossil fuels, water pollution, groundwater depletion and effects of climate change at large. 

Twitter: @mankabTOI

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Kristine Sabillo

Kristine Angeli Sabillo is a multimedia reporter of ABS-CBN, the leading television network in the Philippines. She reports about social issues and special topics on politics, science and the environment for the news network’s website and various television programs.

She was formerly Chief of Reporters of, a top news website in the country. While with Inquirer, she covered the aftermath of supertyphoon Haiyan, the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris and other international events. She also co-hosted a political talk show that aired on digital TV, radio and Facebook Live.

She graduated cum laude (with honors) with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines and she recently completed her MA in Journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University through a Konrad Adenauer fellowship. 

Twitter: @kristinesabillo 

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Runner ups

Riddhi Dastidar

Riddhi Dastidar is a queer poet and journalist in New Delhi. She is a candidate in MA Gender Studies at Ambedkar University Delhi. She was a finalist for the 2019 TOTO Award for poetry. Her work has appeared in Glass, Rattle, The Wire,, Firstpost, Kajal Mag and elsewhere. Her work revolves around strategic othering, ‘madness’, embodiment and restorative justice.

Twitter: @gaachburi
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Petr Vodsedalek

Petr Vodsedalek is a reporter, an editor of a local news magazine and a freelance journalist. He is interested in stories of underestimated importance and in reporting of far away phenomena.

In 2014 he launched a project called “Foreigners amongst us,” consisting of profile interviews of immigrants that came to the Czech Republic long before the crisis and long before the word refugee became a slur. Every week readers of the local daily newspaper could read a story of a foreigner that left everything behind and came to an unknown country looking for a better future. The project lasted three years.

His series of articles about Turów, the polish coal mine, and its negative impact on the Czech environment had significant impact and contributed to the public discussion about the protection of the environment.

He regularly publishes articles about local politics, climate change, culture and society.

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Wafaa Fayes

Wafaa Fayes is a scientific editor and reporter in Egypt. In 2010, She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University with an honors grade (91.6%). After that, she finished the preliminary studies for the Master’s degree under the Journalism program at Cairo University in 2014. She has substantial experience in the media industry working as a journalist since 2011. She is working as a news editor at Al- Shorouk daily newspaper, and a scientific reporter at the “SEE” news website. Her work responsibilities are to research and write stories about national and international news. She is specialized in the field of scientific research in Egypt and Arab countries. She also works extensively with many issues: human rights, climate change, and sustainable development, interviewing ministers, scientists, and members of various organizations to investigate stories and launch media campaigns.

Her creative and ambitious character encouraged Wafaa to obtain opportunities to work in Europe. In 2017, she participated in a one-week tour at the most important media and political institutions in Vienna, Austria, and traveled to Germany twice to participate in an International educational and scientific Conference.

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Gilbert Alasa

Gilbert is an award-winning journalist with a knack for unusual stories. He is passionate about Development Journalism, with a special focus on Environmental Governance, Climate Change and Rural Poverty.

Gilbert writes for The Nation Newspapers, Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper with a huge online following. He has also embarked on critical reporting assignments with other leading media platforms and reporting projects in the country, including the Nigerian Investigative Reporting Project, and most recently, Premium Times.

A recipient of several media awards for demonstrating remarkable excellence in his work, Gilbert is passionate about bringing global attention to the most urgent issues of our age, while working with Newsrooms, Development Organizations, Civil Society Groups and Governments to inspire action. 

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Rabiya Jaffery

Rabiya is a freelance journalist based in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. She covers stories on climate, culture, and conflicts from the Middle East.

Twitter: @rabiyasdfghjkl

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Maria Julia Arana

María Julia Arana is an independent journalist specialized in environment, sustainability and climate change. She is press manager at ComunicaRSE in Chile, the first Hispanic online media specialized in Sustainable Development. She is also a freelance journalist who writes articles about climate change on media such as La Región Prensa (Bolivia) , Jallalla magazine (Bolivia- Argentina), La Razón (Bolivia), ComunicaRSE (Argentina), El Cronista (Argentina), Ojo al Clima (Costa Rica), Public TV Bolivia (Bolivia TV), Clarín (Argentina), Revista Claves 21 (Argentina). She was a UN Dag Hammarskshold Fellow in 2016 and a Climate Tracker Fellow in 2018 for COP24. 

Twitter: @M_Juli

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