Knight Center graduate Jessica A. Knoblauch (MA ’08) was recently promoted to Managing Editor/Senior Content Producer at Earthjustice, an environmental nonprofit organization that uses the law to protect people’s health and the environment.
Based in San Francisco, with offices around the country, Jessica manages and writes for the Earthjustice’s blog, monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine.
In her new role, Jessica will direct an expanding editorial team in creating engaging stories about Earthjustice’s work. During her five-year tenure there, Jessica has covered a range of environmental issues, from fracking concerns in Cooperstown, New York (home of the baseball hall of fame), to pesticide issues created by the unfettered use of genetically engineered crops in Hawaii.
Jessica credits her time at the Knight Center, specifically managing and writing for EJ Magazine, as a major factor in influencing her career trajectory. The ability to tell great stories and explain complex environmental issues, just two skills she picked up at the Knight Center, are critical for any communications job, she said.
Prior to Earthjustice, Jessica wrote for a number of online and print publications, including Plenty, Grist, Audubon, Environmental Health News and Earth Island Journal. She moved from New York to the Bay Area in 2009 and now lives in Berkeley with her husband, MSU journalism alum Wes Holing (MA ’08), and two dogs. She enjoys cycling the area’s many scenic bike routes.