It’s been a hectic start to the year here at the Bay Journal. We have a lot of plans for this year, including a first-ever special issue that will focus on climate change, and updating our publication and website. Fortunately, we have some help on the way. 

With this issue we are welcoming two additions to our reporting staff:

Sarah Vogelsong is an environmental and agricultural reporter based in Richmond with a background in local news. She’s worked as a general assignment reporter for the Progress-Index (Petersburg, VA) and the Caroline Progress (Caroline County, VA). Her reporting has covered environmental justice, an award-winning series about the revitalization of the city of Hopewell, as well as an award-winning series about the environmental impacts of a sand and gravel mining proposal in Caroline County. Sarah has also written for numerous regional publications. She came to journalism via academic editing, working on textbooks and nonfiction books for companies including Oxford UP, Princeton UP, Palgrave Macmillan, and others. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Ad Crable covered the outdoors, environment and agriculture for LNP newspaper in Lancaster, PA, for nearly 37 years, winning more than 20 statewide writing awards. His reporting has ranged from coverage of the Three Mile Island and Peach Bottom nuclear plants, to efforts to preserve the scenic Lower Susquehanna Gorge and its river towns, to the challenges of farmers seeking to conform to more stringent conservation measures on their farms while trying to eke out a living during tough times in the dairy business. For 20 years, Ad has led and written about backpacking forays to different wild spots in Pennsylvania in the heart of winter. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and tries to be a good steward of land along the Lost River in the Mountain State, where he owns a cabin. He lives with his wife and two college-bound twin daughters along the Conestoga River in Lancaster, within view of an eagle’s nest.

Sarah, whose freelance work had already appeared in the Bay Journal, joined our staff with this issue, and Ad’s work will begin appearing in the next edition.

Meanwhile, we are saying farewell to Donna Morelli, who had been working with us for nearly two years, helping with our Pennsylvania coverage and our Local Government Edition. Donna is planning to relocate to her native New York (where her horse has already moved). We wish her the best in the future.