Sara Jerving joins Investigative Post staff

Sara Jerving, who has reported from over a dozen countries and been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, has joined the staff of Investigative Post.

Jerving will primarily cover environmental issues.

Sara Jerving

“I have long been passionate about environmental reporting and I’m excited to join Investigative Post, which has a strong record of producing quality environmental coverage,” said Jerving.

Jerving most recently worked in Nairobi, Kenya, for Devex, a U.S.-based publication, where she covered health, agriculture, climate change and humanitarian disasters.

She previously worked as an associate producer at Vice News Tonight on HBO and was part of a team nominated this year for an Emmy. Jerving was a finalist for the Livingston Awards For Young Journalists this year for an investigation into overpayment collections from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that was published by Vice News.

Jerving, 30, is a native of Madison, Wisc. She earned undergraduate degrees in journalism and international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a master’s degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

She was part of a reporting project at Columbia that documented what Exxon knew historically about climate change and the melting Arctic. The story was published by The Los Angeles Times and was cited by members of Congress in calls to investigate Exxon. Investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and several states attorneys general followed.

Most recently, The New York Times Magazine in June published her investigation into flaws within the Department of Defense’s Survivor Benefit Plan and its impact on veterans and their families.

Her work has also appeared in Bloomberg news and The Nation magazine.

Most of her reporting abroad has been in East Africa. She has also worked in Brussels, Belgium, covering the European Union for the Associated Press.

“I’m pleased to add someone of Sara’s caliber to our reporting staff,” said Jim Heaney, editor of Investigative Post. “I have every confidence she’ll build on our history of excellence in environmental reporting.”

Jerving can be reached at: sjerving@investigativepost.org. You can also follow her on Twitter.

She succeeds Dan Telvock, who departed Investigative Post in March.

Investigative Post is an award-winning, nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Buffalo. Our work is distributed through our website and partnerships with WGRZ TV, the NBC affiliate for Buffalo; WBFO, 88.7 FM, Buffalo’s NPR News Station; The Capitol Pressroom, heard on 20 public radio stations around the state, including WBFO; and The Public, WNY’s alternative newsweekly.