Drew Costley, Verite

Drew Costley, Verite

Veteran journalist Drew Costley (they/them/theirs) is joining Verite News to cover a variety of topics with a focus on health, climate and environmental inequity. Before coming to Verite, they reported on climate and environmental justice, health inequities, science and the transgender community for The Associated Press.

A large plume of smoke from the Tiger Island fire rises from forestland near Merryville in Beauregard Parish on Aug. 23, 2023.

Louisiana prison officials say they’re ready for wildfires; reform advocates have doubts

By: - September 22, 2023

Louisiana is experiencing an unprecedented fire season with tens of thousands of acres burned throughout the state. Experts and state officials say that wildfire seasons like this one could become more normal as the state gets hotter and drier due to climate change. And as more wildfires burn, smoke from those fires will likely blanket […]

A person crosses Canal Street in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida on Aug. 29, 2021.

New Orleans didn’t get new federal disaster resilience cash, but FEMA says that’s a good sign

By: - September 19, 2023

Six areas in Louisiana were recently selected to potentially receive millions of dollars in additional federal funding to mitigate the effects of ecological disasters and climate change. New Orleans — Louisiana’s largest city and one the most disaster-prone in the United States — was not among them. But according to FEMA officials, that’s because billions […]

An image of a wildfire in Beauregard Parish from drone video shows burning trees and first responder vehicles on a nearby highway.

Poor air quality from Louisiana wildfires could become more common

By: - September 3, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — Jeff Parker stayed inside his St. Roch home as much as possible the last week of August, as people all around New Orleans reported smelling smoke in the air. Weather forecasts reported that smoke drifted into the city’s atmosphere from southwest Louisiana, where wildfires were scorching parts of Beauregard Parish. Air quality monitors […]