EarthBeat is a project of The National Catholic Reporter and has appointed Stephanie Clary as its new environmental editor. Clary has experience in both Catholic journalism, environmental activism, and communication. She was previously the digital editor for U.S. Catholic magazine.
Heidi Schlumpf (NCR’s executive editor, vice president) said that Stephanie Clary was a great addition to our team. She is looking forward to contributing creative ideas to EarthBeat. “She brings a unique combination in editorial experience and passion for environmental issues to the role.”
NCR launched EarthBeat, a project that focuses on the intersection of faith-environmental justice in October 2019. Its environment editor works closely with other NCR editors, reporters, and Brian Roewe, NCR environment correspondent, to coordinate coverage of how Catholics and other faith communities are responding to the climate crisis.
Clary said that the root cause of the ecological crisis is interconnectedness and relationships. “I look forward working with the NCR staff to bring a variety of voices and climate experiences into the publication’s ever growing readership through existing media and expanding digital channels.”
Clary’s experience in ecological justice includes working to coordinate the implementation Laudato Si’Pope Francis’ encyclical about the environment and the Year of Creation, while she was working for the Department of Development and Communication. She also co-led a communication track at the national conference. Laudato Si’She has spoken or written on environmental issues for the Catholic Climate Covenant and the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, as well as other interfaith groups, publications, and groups.
Clary was the U.S. Catholic’s digital editors. She was responsible for the publication’s website and social media presence, and contributed to the monthly magazine. She was part in two award-winning website designs, one for U.S. Catholic and the Burlington diocesan.
She holds a bachelor’s from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame (Indiana) and a master’s of systematic theology from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago).
Clary lives with her husband, and two children in Chicago. Clary will be joining EarthBeat the week beginning January 17, 2021. You can follow her Twitter @scherp01.