Nancy Eve Cohen is the environmental reporter for WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio and the Managing Editor of the Northeast Environmental Hub, part of NPR’s Local News Initiative. Cohen also teaches in the Journalism Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In addition to her work at WNPR, Cohen’s stories have also aired on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, Marketplace and CBS Radio. She has also written for the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal.
Cohen began her journalism career in television, producing award-winning environmental documentaries and recording sound for network television. Her TV work included a rare interview with Fidel Castro in Cuba and coverage of the war in Sarajevo in 1992.
After completing graduate work at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Cohen parlayed her sound recording skills into a new career in public radio; first as the overnight editor on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition in Washington, D.C., and later as an editor of All Things Considered and NPR’s midwest editor.
Cohen has held environmental fellowships at the University of Alaska’s Toolik Field Station north of the Arctic Circle, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, and at the Universities of Maine and Colorado.
She was named the 2008 Environmental Reporter of the Year by the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. In 2009 she received a First Place award for her story “Dam Removal Helps Fish, Stirs Up Controversy” from the Connecticut Society for Professional Journalists.
Cohen’s reporting at WNPR has included sewage overflows in people’s basements in Hartford (which earned her an Associated Press award) to toxic waste clean-ups to the challenge of increasing recycling rates.
Cohen is most proud of the rare honor of having a cow named after her in response to her stories on New England dairy farming.