EarthBeat, a project of the National Catholic Reporter, announced that Stephanie Clary is its new environmental editor. Clary has a background in Catholic journalism, environmental activism, and communications. Previously, she was digital editor at American Catholic Magazine.
“We are delighted that Stephanie Clary is joining our team and look forward to her creative ideas and contributions to EarthBeat,” said Heidi Schlumpf, editor and vice president of NCR. “She brings to this role a unique combination of editorial experience and passion for environmental issues.”
NCR launched EarthBeat in October 2019 as a project dedicated to the intersection of faith and environmental justice. Its environmental editor works with other NCR editors and journalists, including NCR environmental correspondent Brian Roewe, to coordinate coverage of how Catholics and other groups faith groups address the climate crisis.
“At the root of the ecological crisis lie issues of relationship and interconnectivity,” said Clary. “I look forward to working with the impressive staff at NCR to bring a diversity of voices and climate experiences to the publication’s ever-growing readership, through existing media and expanding digital platforms. “
Clary’s experience in ecological justice includes helping coordinate the implementation of Laudato Si ‘, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and the Year of the Creation in the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, while working for the Diocese’s Department of Development and Communication. She also co-directed the communication component during a national conference on Laudato Si ‘ and has spoken or written on environmental issues for the Catholic Climate Covenant, the United States Bishops’ Conference, the Catholic News Service, and other interfaith groups and publications.
As the digital editor of US Catholic, Clary was responsible for the publication’s website and social media presence and contributed to the monthly print magazine. She has participated in two award-winning website redesigns, for the Diocese of Burlington and US Catholic.
She holds a BA from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and an MA in Systematic Theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Clary lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband and children. She will debut at EarthBeat the week of January 17, 2021. You can follow her on Twitter @ scherp01.