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June 19, 2013

Should coal export terminals be built in the Northwest? A KCTS 9/EarthFix original documentary.

Making of COAL, a KCTS 9 and Earthfix Documentary

Filmmakers Katie Campbell and Michael Werner take us behind the scenes of COAL. The documentary airs on KCTS 9 Television on June 19.
'Making of COAL' video produced by Laila Kazmi.

Learn more about coal in the Northwest from our EarthFix environmental news team.

Coal in the Northwest - KCTS|Earthfix

Offering diverse perspectives on proposed Northwest coal exports.

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About the Filmakers

About Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell is a multimedia journalist at KCTS 9. She’s part of EarthFix, a public media partnership of Pacific Northwest stations focused on telling stories about environmental issues. She covers environmental justice, sustainability and urban environmental issues.

About Michael Werner

Michael Werner is an award-winning journalist and educator who specializes in documentary filmmaking and narrative writing. Prior to moving to Seattle, he was a journalism professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

About the Documentary

The Northwest is square in the middle of a controversial global debate: Should the region build export terminals that would open lucrative markets for the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel at a time when the planet is facing a climate crisis? As the U.S. economy continues to struggle, can the country afford not to?

COAL is a KCTS 9 and EarthFix original documentary.

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Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell is the EarthFix managing editor for video and a four-time Emmy® Award-winning producer/photographer at KCTS 9. She covers environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. Katie has earned national awards for her role in the documentaries Undamming the ElwhaCOAL and Glacier Caves, and is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her story Is Alaska Safe for Sea Stars?

Katie grew up on a flower farm in southern Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism at St. Catherine’s University, she worked as an enterprise reporter at daily newspapers in Minnesota and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining KCTS 9 and EarthFix, Katie was an instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.


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Michael Werner

Michael Werner is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and journalist whose work has been featured on The PBS NewsHour, HBO Films, Showtime, MSNBC, QUEST, The World Channel, The Associated Press, Gawker Media, Voice of America TV, The U.S. Olympic Committee and the Cannes International Film Festival. Michael is also a former faculty member at the University of Oregon School of Journalism, where he edited and advised two nationally recognized, award-winning publications.

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