Vanessa Montalbano

Washington, D.C.

Researcher focusing on climate news and policy

Education: American University, BA in Journalism and Sociology

Vanessa Montalbano is a researcher for The Climate 202, a daily morning newsletter at The Washington Post that keeps readers up to date on climate news and policy. Vanessa will graduate from American University with a master's degree in journalism in 2022. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from American University in 2021.
Latest from Vanessa Montalbano

From ‘Green Jesus’ to ‘radical pragmatist’: Canada's climate minister evolves

Steven Guilbeault, 52, has served as Canada's minister of environment and climate change since October. But before entering the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he spent more than two decades as an environmental activist with eyebrow-raising tactics.

July 12, 2022

EPA needs a Senate-confirmed enforcement chief, groups say

Five prominent environmental groups are calling on the Senate to swiftly confirm a permanent head of the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement office, according to details shared exclusively with The Climate 202.

July 11, 2022

Democrats race to clinch deal on climate, energy with Manchin

The frenzied deliberations reflect weeks of private talks between Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), a centrist who scuttled negotiations over the party’s last attempt at a broader spending package in December.

July 7, 2022

The Supreme Court's EPA ruling was the beginning of something bigger

Republican attorneys general and conservative legal activists are plotting ways to challenge other environmental regulations on similar grounds, setting up a larger legal showdown over the federal government's ability to address the climate crisis.

July 6, 2022

Germany's climate envoy wasn't thrilled with the G-7 deal on gas projects

Jennifer Morgan, 56, has sought to walk a fine line between shoring up energy security in the short term and halting the climate crisis in the long term.

July 5, 2022

3 takeaways from the Supreme Court's big climate ruling

EPA can still regulate power plant emissions but not to the same degree.

July 1, 2022

'My anxiety spikes': Lawyers brace for Supreme Court climate ruling

The major ruling is expected to drop at 10 a.m. today.

June 30, 2022

Offshore drilling plan poses climate test for Biden

He's under pressure to lower gas prices but more offshore drilling would worsen climate change.

June 29, 2022

The ocean takes center stage at a U.N. conference

The ocean often gets left out of climate conversations but not this week.

June 28, 2022

Jane Fonda is taking on Big Oil's political allies

We spoke with her about her new climate efforts.

June 27, 2022