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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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NW Coal Export Terminals Map

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Coal Scorecard

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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 was the senior managing editor for video at Cascade Public Media and a founding reporter of the public media reporting partnership EarthFix. She covered environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest for more than six years, earning numerous regional and national journalism awards including eight regional Emmy Awards for reporting, photography and editing, a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation and the 2015 international Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Katie currently works as a video journalist for the investigative journalism nonprofit organization ProPublica in New York City.

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Michael Werner

Michael Werner is a five-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and journalist. His work has been featured on The PBS NewsHour, HBO Films, Showtime, PBS QUEST, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, The Associated Press, PBS SciTech Now, Nat Geo Wild, PBS EarthFix, Voice of America TV, The World Channel, Gawker Media, The U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Cannes International Film Festival. In 2014 Michael won the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award for his story Wolves and the Ecology of Fear. He has won Emmy awards for producing, photography and editing and his work has taken him from the Arctic to the Equator.

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