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Jennifer Ludden

Energy and Environment Editor

Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.

Previously, Ludden was an NPR correspondent covering family life and social issues, including the changing economics of marriage, the changing role of dads, and the ethical challenges of reproductive technology. She's also covered immigration and national security.

Ludden started reporting with NPR while based overseas in West Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She shared in two awards (Overseas Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists) for NPR's coverage of the Kosovo war in 1999, and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for her coverage of the overthrow of Mobutu Sese Seko in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When not navigating war zones, Ludden reported on cultural trends, including the dying tradition of storytellers in Syria, the emergence of Persian pop music in Iran, and the rise of a new form of urban polygamy in Africa.

Ludden has also reported from Canada and at public radio stations in Boston and Maine. She's a graduate of Syracuse University with degrees in television, radio, and film production and in English.

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Your Weather Forecast Update: Warmer Climate Will Be The New 'Normal'

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Why There Is A Change Coming To Your Local Weather Forecast

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What Will Climate And Health Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

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Biden Announces Climate Team, Including 1st-Ever National Climate Adviser

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Gina McCarthy, seen here in January, was head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration. Kim Raff/Getty Images for Natural Resources Defense Council hide caption

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President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday in Wilmington, Del., where he named John Kerry as a climate envoy. He says he'll also appoint a domestic climate policy coordinator to push for action across the government. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Then-Secretary of State John Kerry holds his granddaughter as he signs the Paris Agreement on climate change in April 2016. Kerry has been chosen as climate envoy in the incoming Biden administration. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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The Trump administration wants to overhaul a major environmental law — the National Environmental Policy Act — to help speed approval of infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Proposes Major Changes To Bedrock Environmental Law

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