Ecology + Justice + Culture in the American South

Welcome to our new Gulf Coast correspondent

We’re happy to announce that Carly Berlin is Southerly’s new Gulf Coast correspondent.

Berlin is originally from Atlanta and now works as a freelance journalist, essayist, and educator in New Orleans. Her work has appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Scalawag, Down East Magazine, The Guardian, and more. She has covered a range of issues, from labor rights to housing inequity to climate change. Read more of her work here and follow her on Twitter.

For Southerly, Berlin will report on the Gulf Coast stretching from Texas to Florida. She’ll look at a variety of issues affecting this region, including: how communities on the coast and inland are adapting to climate change; state and federal environmental policies; public health issues, including those related to the oil and gas industry; the effects of natural disasters on rural areas, low-income communities, and communities of color; and ocean and coastal health.

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to report on the many complex issues facing the Gulf Coast: from oil and gas exploitation to coastal restoration efforts to disaster recovery, and the inequities that become apparent through all of these,” Berlin said. “Though the Gulf Coast is deeply familiar with all grades of environmental disaster, it always harbors an incredible spirit of resilience that I’m eager to share with Southerly’s readers.”

We know there are an infinite number of stories to tell in Gulf Coast communities, and we’re excited to tell them thoughtfully and accurately. If you have story ideas or feedback, please contact us. And if you’re a local news outlet, reach out to us about republishing Southerly’s work for free and/or collaborating with us.