Award-winning Oregon journalist is Bridge’s new environment reporter

Kelly House is Bridge Magazine’s new statewide environmental reporter

Kelly House, whose investigations into groundwater mining and other environmental challenges in Oregon won national honors, has joined Bridge Magazine to cover the environment, natural resources and conservation issues.  

Her first environmental article for Bridge appeared Wednesday. But a full dive into the subject has been put mostly on hold as the entire Bridge staff focuses on the coronavirus outbreak and its impacts across the state. So it has been for House, who spent her first month at Bridge covering how the virus is affecting rural Michigan, hospital workers and metro Detroit

A Michigan native, House was a reporter at The Oregonian newspaper for six years. Her reporting on the environment ranged from land and water rights to the resurgence of gray wolves, the impact of climate change on Western drought conditions and the armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

She left the paper in 2016 to study environmental law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, earning a master’s degree in late 2019. 

Her work at The Oregonian was highlighted by a series that showed how government mismanagement allowed irrigators to mine Oregon’s aquifers dry, prompting a review of state groundwater policy. Draining Oregon won the national Headliner Award for Environmental Reporting, among other honors.

She was part of a reporting team whose coverage of the Bundy brothers’ 41-day armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge won the national Associated Press Media Editors award. 

House also revealed an unprecedented deal to sell state parkland to a private developer, and the Nestle Corp.’s efforts to block the public from deliberations over water rights.  

“Kelly House is a sensational addition to our growing roster of reporters as we seek to broaden environmental coverage and collaboration,” said Bridge Editor David Zeman. “In the short term, Kelly has quickly immersed herself in helping readers understand the insidious threat posed by COVID-19.” 

House, who was born and raised in Harrison, received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She was managing editor at The State News, MSU’s student newspaper, where she took first place at the national William Randolph Hearst Foundation Awards. 

Among other professional honors, House was a finalist for the Livingston Award, a national award for journalists under age 35.  

You can reach her at or on Twitter at @Kelly_M_House.

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Thu, 04/02/2020 - 8:40am

Very impressive background. We're fortunate to have her back home and focused on airing Michigan's environmental issues! Thanks in advance for all of the work you will do, Kelly.

Gayle Larson
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 8:50am

Welcome Back to Michigan! Happy you're here with Bridge!

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 9:26am

Welcome Kelly to the Great State of Michigan. Be sure to get up to the UP if you haven’t already.

Gerry Niedermaier
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 9:50am

Good to have you here kiddo!!
Now here is a task for Bridge to push for. Closing all fast food restaurants and all restaurants who are offering deliver to the curb, etc.
Curbside doesn't necessarily mean virus free...there are so many factors in this food prep scenario like masks that are removed to go outside to smoke with a colleague - just normal exhalation can propel droplets from our lungs 13 feet per second and a good belly laugh will propel them even further. Same indoors. So.......time to close all restaurants down. If you folks have the Governor's ear, pass it on please????

Arlene Clark
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:24am

Very nice work on the effect of coronavirus, so far, on the Detroit area. And your background is going to be so helpful in explaining details of Michigan's enviro-dilemmas. Michigan overall is going to be the new "Oregon"--ahead of the curve and pointing the way forward as Oregon used to be. Good move, good timing, for you to be here.

Lucy Brehm
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 3:00pm

Congratulations to Kelly and to Bridge Magazine. Kelly is a superstar journalist and alum of Lewis & Clark's environmental law program. If we couldn't keep her in Oregon, I'm glad she made her way back home to Michigan.

Susan Sickon
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 8:45pm

Welcome back to Michigan. I am impressed by the variety of your reporting and the excellence. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to reading in the future.

Marlene Broemer
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:46am

We are very lucky to have Kelly House return to Michigan and join Bridge. As a former Oregonian, know somethng the important issues that she covered, and she is obviously thorough. Welcome, Kelly.

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:04am

Welcome- impressive Vitae !
We have a minor issue here called Line 5 that stretches across the entire state and threatening to create a major disaster.
Looking forward to you keeping us informed.

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 3:17pm

Hmm. While I don't know Kelly personally, I decided to look a little into her background and qualifications as to her capabilities of providing impartial, unbiased and well rounded articles on Michigans environmental issues. I see she's coming from The Oregonian as a reporter for them, which is based in Portland. What do I know about Portland? Oh! The home of Rose City Antifa! Well that sounds safe and reassuring! Until you check out their tactics and methods on You Tube. Google Andy Ngos' near fatal experience with them. While living in Portland she obtained a Masters degree from Lewis and Clark College. Well that sounds like a wholesome well rounded place to learn! Until you check into it a little further. Let's let some students describe it in their own words. Alex: "We are a very liberal student body with very liberal professors. I feel the only kind of student who wouldn't be comfortable is a conservative one" Kelsey: "Lewis and Clark is one of the Princeton Reviews top rated schools where the students regularly deny religion. There is very little ethnic or political diversity. I feel there is a competition to be the most "green" student, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I also feel people judge harshly other students' efforts to be environmentally conscious." Andy: "The student body is globally-concerned and politically active and EXTREMELY politically correct. The student body is pretty hipppie-ish. Portland is the hipster capitol of the world, and this trend is not lost on Lewis and Clark." Aleta: LC is very lacking in diversity. Racially, politically, religiously; it is all very homogenous. It would be very tough to be a conservative, catholic hispanic student because you'd feel out of place. LC is a very left, non religious white, politically active wealthy community." Sara: "The type of student that would feel out of place here? Conservative, Republican, Christian." I could go on and on but you get the picture. Lewis and Clark is a VERY liberal college taught by VERY liberal professors catering to "trust fund hippies" out to have a good time at their parents expense. I also ran across an article on a protest there of a conservative speaker who was to give a talk. " Has Lewis and Clark Surpassed Reed as Portland’s King of Political Correctness?" was the headline. This is also from the same article. "Meanwhile, Reed has been so successful at stifling dissent I haven't seen it in the news all week. Thus, I will assume its status as Portland's leading Stalinist hellscape is still intact." Wow! Not my idea of an institution who's goal is to educate and graduate a student as an unbiased, well rounded independent thinker. But Bridge has selected Kelly to be their journalistic environmental source. I know Bridge claims to be non partisan and neutral in it's reporting. But I've detected a left bias in many articles and topics and your choice in choosing Kelly with her background and education further supports my opinion. Birds of a feather and all. I hate to prejudge her but... Now will Bridge have the integrity to post this? I'll soon find out.