Austyn Gaffney is a freelance reporter in Kentucky covering agriculture, energy and climate change. Her work has been featured in HuffPost, In These Times, onEarth, Sierra, Vice and more.
Washed Away: How Disaster Relief Leaves Kentucky’s Landslide Victims Behind
Co-published with Grist. Landslides are one of Kentucky's costliest natural disasters. Climate change is increasing their danger.
Memphis May Have the Sweetest Water in the World, But Toxic Waste Could Ruin It All – A Comic
Co-published with The Guardian. Across a cluster of low-income, mostly Black neighborhoods, toxic waste sites risk contaminating an aquifer and endangering the lives of residents with noxious emissions.
‘They Deserve To Be Heard’: Sick and Dying Coal Ash Cleanup Workers Fight for Their Lives
Co-published with The Guardian and Southerly. Hundreds of workers fell ill after cleaning up America’s largest industrial disaster without proper gear. Twelve years …