Danielle Prokop is the newest member of the El Paso Matters team, focusing on the  environment and the impacts of climate change on the Paso del Norte region.

“I’m excited to play a part in documenting climate change’s impacts on the air, water, land and people of El Paso,” Prokop said. “Everything about this region is unique, and I’m interested in exploring the bridge between its natural resources and people.”

Prokop most recently was a reporter at the Scottsbluff Star-Herald in Nebraska and previously was a reporter at the Santa Fe New Mexican. She grew up in the Land of Enchantment and graduated from the University of New Mexico.

“New Mexico fostered my passion for local journalism. But rather than focusing on issue-centered pieces, I want to use my reporting to uncover the inner workings of an entire ecosystem. I can’t wait to hear your stories and learn from your experiences,” she said.

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Prokop’s focus on climate change and the environment will be an important part of El Paso Matters’ mission of providing in-depth and investigative reporting on important topics that haven’t gotten a lot of local media attention, said Robert Moore, the organization’s founder and CEO.

“Dani has a lot of passion about these key topics, and about local journalism. She is a great addition to our organization and our community,” Moore said.

Prokop said people with ideas about environmental and climate change topics should reach out to her at dprokop@elpasomatters.org.