Entries by Michele Berger

CASE 2022 Award winner

Five University Communications writers, including myself, and UComms photographer Eric Sucar won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 2022. For our award-winning piece, my colleague Katie Baillie and I followed a patient as he moved into the new Pavilion, the 17-story, 1.5-million-square-foot addition to the Hospital of the University of […]

New Audubon clip now live

A newly proposed rule would loosen protection for eagles in the United States: It might soon be legal to kill 4,200 Bald Eagles a year. Here’s why federal scientists think that’s okay. I wrote about this issue for the website of Audubon magazine. It went live May 10, 2016. Read it here.

Deadline Club finalist

The Weather.com team that worked on “Katrina 10,” a special report about New Orleans a decade after the historic storm, is a finalist in the 2015 Deadline Club awards in the category of Multimedia, Interactive Graphics and Animation. This project was a group effort, with help from Katy Reckdahl, Annie Hauser, Bob Marshall, Steve Beatty, […]

A Feast Fit for a Pope

When Pope Francis—formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires—visited Philadelphia the last weekend of September, he had plenty of options for fare to remind him of home. There’s Alma de Cuba, a bustling restaurant off Rittenhouse Square, or Gavin’s Café, a nondescript Argentinean eatery tucked between apartment buildings in the Fitler Square neighborhood. […]

A Mushroom Grows in Philly

Philadelphia-based Mycopolitan Mushroom Company, a three-man team, turns the basement of an auto-parts factory into a thriving farm. My first feature for this new publication. (Summer 2015 issue)

Weather.com’s Climate Disruption Index

Which cities will feel the effects of climate change the most? weather.com looked at six factors ranging from extreme precipitation to sea-level rise to determine which places across our country will get hit the hardest. Here, we present our top 25. (June 2015)

Trafficking Jam: Scientists Become Nature’s Detectives

Crimes against wildlife deplete animal populations and natural resources. Even more so when circumstances — weather, migration — make them vulnerable, particularly in the face of a changing climate. A handful of wildlife crime scene investigation labs around the country are tackling this problem, focusing on the evidence to stop these heinous acts. (Feb. 6, […]

A River Runs Through It Again

In the past 15 years, close to 1,200 dams have been taken down across the U.S. But why would we remove something that likely cost taxpayers a pretty penny? How do we do it? And what happens to those ecosystems when we do? (Sept. 12, 2014)

Stark Images of Maryland Towns Sinking as Sea Levels Rise

Three millimeters may not sound like much. But when it’s the height water is steadily rising outside your doorstep every year, it may as well be three feet. Photographer Greg Kahn set out to capture what it’s like for these sinking towns in Maryland, in his series “3 Millimeters.” (Aug. 28, 2014)