Brief Bio

Elizabeth H. McGowan

Elizabeth H. McGowan is a Washington, D.C.-based, award-winning energy and environment reporter. As a staff writer for InsideClimate News, her groundbreaking dispatches from Kalamazoo, Mich., “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You Never Heard Of” won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. As well, an e-book version of the narrative won the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

McGowan, who started her career reporting and editing at daily newspapers in Vermont and Wisconsin, has also served as a Washington correspondent for Crain Communications, Penton Media, and most recently, Energy Intelligence.

She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

McGowan’s freelance news reports and features have also appeared in E/The Environmental Magazine; Washingtonian magazine; Intelligent Utility magazine; Outdoor America (magazine of the Izaak Walton League); the journal Appalachia; Capital Community News; the Gulf of Maine Times; Mizzou, the alumni magazine for the University of Missouri; Lore, the magazine of the Milwaukee Public Museum; and Nature Conservancy magazine.

McGowan’s story about her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, “Trailing Dreams: Magic Along the Appalachian Trail” was published in the book No Limits But the Sky: The Best Mountaineering Stories from Appalachia Journal; Appalachian Mountain Club, 2014.