Nexight Group is happy to welcome Beth Ward to the team as our new Communications Specialist. Beth comes to us from her post as an Associate Editor at Platts, where she covered Congress and federal policy with a focus on coal. We sat down with Beth to ask her a few questions about herself, her views, and her new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
After graduating from the University of Maryland, I spent several years as a journalist at two papers in Maryland covering everything from city council meetings to slot machine gambling. I had a brief stint as a fellow on Capitol Hill working on Wall Street reform before going to Platts. While graduate school has taken up a lot of my free time, I try to visit my hometown of Pittsburgh as much as I can and am training to run in my first marathon next year.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
After covering the gridlock in Congress that has prevented meaningful discussions or solutions to complex problems such as climate change and energy sustainability, I found Nexight’s mission of bringing people together to solve problems really appealing. I was also impressed by the people I met at the company and am excited to have the opportunity to work with them.
Q: Part of your career has been as an energy reporter. What do you think is the biggest energy challenge facing the world?
As developing countries look to improve electricity access for their citizens, one of the biggest challenges at the global level will be balancing that growth with long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals. Domestically, I think our biggest challenge will be ensuring that there is enough energy available to meet demand as we move away from coal-fired power and other traditional sources of energy.
Q: You’re almost finished with your master’s degree in energy policy and climate. What is the most important thing you feel that you’ve gotten out of your program?
I will be graduating with a real sense of urgency about addressing climate change. One of the starkest lessons I have learned is that even if we completely stopped producing all carbon dioxide today, there would still be enough in the atmosphere for impacts to be felt.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new position?
There’s a saying that a journalist’s knowledge is a mile wide and an inch deep, but that is one of the things I really enjoy about journalism—getting the opportunity to learn about a variety of different subjects. After several years focused on energy and climate change, I’m looking forward to delving into different topics, like infrastructure protection, while also having the opportunity to contribute my energy experience. I also hope that I can bring a new perspective to the projects I’m working on while using my journalism skills in a new way.