Loyola University Maryland

Caulfield Lecture

Local journalists to speak on "Reporting Climate Change at the Heart of the Chesapeake" during Loyola's 2023 Caulfield Lecture

Panelists participating in the lecture, “Reporting Climate Change at the Heart of the Chesapeake,” include Rona Kobell with Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative, Christine Condon with The Baltimore Sun, Aman Azhar with Inside Climate News, Kasha Patel with The Washington Post Capitol Weather Gang, and John Lee with WYPR.

Rona KobellRona Kobell is the co-founder of the Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative. She has covered the Chesapeake Bay and its people for 19 years, beginning at The Baltimore Sun, then at the Chesapeake Bay Journal, and most recently as the managing editor for Chesapeake Quarterly magazine. She is an adjunct professor at both Towson University and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where she recently earned her Master’s of the Arts in Journalism. For five years, she co-hosted and co-produced a Chesapeake Bay show on WYPR.

Christine Condon Christine Condon is an environmental reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Originally from Baltimore County, Christine is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. During her tenure at The Sun, she has focused on pollution problems at Baltimore's two wastewater treatment plants, and Maryland's role in the failing 2025 Chesapeake Bay restoration plan. Previously, Christine worked as a reporting intern at Baltimore's The Daily Record and McClatchy's Washington, D.C. Bureau.

Aman Azhar Aman Azhar is a Washington D.C.-based multimedia journalist who covers issues involving the environment, climate change, and social justice with focus on Baltimore-Maryland area for the Pulitzer Prize-winning news nonprofit Inside Climate News. He has previously worked as a broadcast journalist and multimedia producer for the BBC World Service, VOA News and other international news organizations, reporting from London, Islamabad, and New York

Kasha Patel Kasha Patel is the deputy weather editor for the Capital Weather Gang at The Washington Post, covering weather, climate change and the environment. Before joining The Post, she produced news stories, videos and features about the Earth sciences, climate change and satellite research for NASA.

John Lee John Lee is a reporter for WYPR-FM covering Baltimore County. John has worked in news for nearly 30 years. He has been a news director, assistant news director, managing editor, assignment editor and reporter at various radio and television news stations. He’s won numerous awards from The Associated Press, including best news operation, best continuing news story, and best news series.

About the Caulfield Lecture:

Now in its 33rd year, the Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 graduate who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year.