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.
“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.