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Amudalat Ajasa joins The Post as a climate and weather reporter

Announcement from Climate and Environment Editor Zachary Goldfarb, Climate and Environment Deputy Editor Juliet Eilperin and Weather Editor Jason Samenow:

We are delighted to announce that Amudalat Ajasa is joining The Post as a climate and weather reporter.

In this role, Amudalat will cover extreme weather news and write stories about how extreme weather and climate change are affecting communities in the United States and abroad.

Amudalat comes to The Post from the New York Times, where she was an Ida B. Wells Society fellow and aided ongoing investigations, gathered data and conducted surveys for its covid tracking team. After her internship ended, she remained at the Times as a freelancer for its Metro investigations team, exploring the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in public housing.

She previously was a freelancer for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the Star Tribune and the Guardian, where she helped cover the Derek Chauvin trial. She was also an investigative fellow for Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, where she wrote about why Black Americans were hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine.

A multimedia journalist, she was a Gracie Award recipient in the Online Video Host or Correspondent category for her work on the video “Inside America’s last whites-only church.” She was also named this year's Student Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Amudalat is a May graduate of Hofstra University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in global studies and meteorology.

While at Hofstra, she developed a deep interest in weather and the environment, researching how individuals respond to flash flood alerts and serving as a weather anchor for the university’s 30-minute live news program.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., Amudalat enjoys cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and exploring hidden gems in New York City with friends.

Please join us in welcoming her to The Post. She is moving to Washington and starts Monday.