Alisa Joyce Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer and editor with 25 years experience in both commercial and public broadcasting. Prior to IE, she served as Senior Editor for Fronteras: the Changing America Desk, a regional news collaboration project involving seven public radio stations across the southwest. She also served as Western Bureau Chief for NPR for 12 years.
Madelyn Beck is from small-town Montana and earned her journalism degree from the University of Montana in Missoula. She worked as a news anchor for Montana Public Radio, reported on the Montana legislature for the Montana Broadcaster’s Association and reported on cops and crime for KRBD Rainbird Radio in Ketchikan, Alaska. She also has print experience, reporting for the Tioga Tribune in North Dakota, E&E Publishing in Washington, D.C., and the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum, Idaho
Dan Boyce comes to the Inside Energy team after five years of television and radio reporting in his home state of Montana. In his most recent role as Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief, Dan produced daily stories on state politics and government.
Laura Frank is President and General Manager of News at Rocky Mountain PBS. She founded I-News, a multi-media investigative news organization that delivers multimedia reports to news outlets across the Rocky Mountain region. I-News is a founding member of the national nonprofit Investigative News Network.
Cooper McKim joined the team from South Carolina’s NPR station where he reported primarily on flooding and disaster recovery. He also worked at WBUR in Boston and WSHU in Fairfield, Connecticut. Now at Wyoming Public Radio, he reports on natural resources and energy issues – that means covering everything from grizzly bears to renewables. He received his B.A. from Tufts University where he studied Environmental Policy, American Studies, and Music.
Leigh Paterson covers Colorado energy issues for Inside Energy. She was raised in New Jersey, graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and then taught English at a culinary high school in France. Leigh then got her Master’s in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and then moved to Washington D.C. in 2009. After spending two years as a producer at CanadianTV’s Washington bureau, Leigh left to freelance. She’s been working with the Inside Energy team since 2014, first in Wyoming and now in Denver.
Amber Rivera connects our reporting with local communities, and manages reader experience and engagement with our content across all digital platforms. She is a longtime lover and student of energy and environmental issues. Prior to joining IE she worked for a start-up solar financing company, and also advised utility companies, governments, and the World Bank on the financing of electricity infrastructure. She holds a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University.
Amy Sisk joins Inside Energy after stints reporting in the Bakken oil patch for the Tioga Tribune and covering energy policy for Politico. Most recently, she worked for the Bismarck Tribune writing about education and religion. She is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism, which sent her on assignment to oil country and sparked an interest in energy issues.
Jordan Wirfs-Brock is a our data guru. She was our data journalist on staff for three years and now helps us out on contract. She is a civic technologist whose passion is telling stories with data and empowering others to do the same. She previously worked in the Piton Foundation’s Data Initiative, where she used neighborhood-level data to help people improve their communities.