Jenny Staletovich has been a journalist working in Florida for nearly 20 years.
She’s reported on some of the region’s major environment stories, including the 2018 devastating red tide and blue-green algae blooms, impacts from climate change and Everglades restoration, the nation’s largest water restoration project. She’s also written about disappearing rare forests, invasive pythons, diseased coral and a host of other critical issues around the state.
She covered the environment, climate change and hurricanes for the Miami Herald for five years and previously freelanced for the paper. She worked at the Palm Beach Post from 1989 to 2000, covering crime, government and general assignment stories.
She has won several state and national awards including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, the Green Eyeshades and the Sunshine State Awards.
Staletovich graduated from Smith College and lives in Miami, with her husband and their three children.
More than a decade ago, growth in Florida was managed under a statewide agency that provided checks and balances to prevent sprawl and protect natural resources. Then state leaders closed it.
Some of the Florida communities in Hurricane Ian's path doubled and tripled in size over the past decade, even though scientists knew climate change would make flooding worse.
National Hurricane Center data for Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City show development happening in at-risk areas, even as climate change brings more frequent and intense storms.
The urban search and rescue team combing through the condominium that collapsed in Surfside, Fla. is often called to major disasters worldwide. Now its searching for survivors in their backyard.