Dina Cappiello is the national environmental reporter for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. where her beat encompasses the Environmental Protection Agency, offshore oil and gas drilling, nuclear energy, coal and global warming policy. Cappiello has contributed to AP’s coverage of the Gulf oil spill, international climate negotiations, and the Japan nuclear disaster _ and is in charge of covering the intersection between politics and the environment in Congress and in national elections.
Prior to joining AP, Cappiello spent a decade covering energy and environmental issues at the Times Union in upstate New York, the Houston Chronicle in Texas, Congressional Quarterly and the online subscription-based trade publication ClimateWire. She has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, NPR’s Living on Earth, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and Newsmakers programs.
Her investigative work into toxic air pollution in neighborhoods near refineries and chemical plants in Houston was a finalist for the Edward J. Meeman award in environmental reporting and won first-place for investigative reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Cappiello’s work has also been recognized in numerous state and local journalism contests.
Cappiello earned master’s degrees in earth and environmental science and journalism from Columbia University. She graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in biology from Georgetown. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, also a journalist, and her two children.