about Erika

Erika Bolstad is a journalist who writes about climate change adaptation in the United States for ClimateWire. She looks for stories about the intersection of politics, science, business and culture, with an emphasis on how people across the country are addressing the effects of climate change.

She’s also writing a book about motherhood and its absence, told through the story of the North Dakota oil boom and her family’s mineral rights on land her great-grandmother homesteaded in the early 1900s.

A former newspaper reporter, Bolstad covered environmental issues for the McClatchy Washington bureau. She was also the Washington correspondent for the Miami Herald, and spent four years covering Washington for the Anchorage Daily News and the Idaho Statesman. Her work on the Larry Craig scandal for the Statesman was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news.

Bolstad lived in Florida for seven years, where she worked at the Miami Herald covering politics, the state legislature, local government and hurricanes — including Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. Bolstad spent three years as a reporter at the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. She began her career covering military affairs at The Item in Sumter, S.C.

Erika was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and raised in Willamina and Salem, Ore. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C.

(photo by Anna Carson DeWitt)