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Editorial Staff Bios


Mark Ohrenschall

Mark Ohrenschall is Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Energy NewsData. He oversees the company's editorial content and services, as well as strategic planning, business development and client/external communications. He also plays a leading role in marketing, subscription and other issues. Mark previously served as Executive Editor/Associate Publisher, and before that, as Editor of NewsData's Con.WEB and Conservation Monitor newsletters. Prior to moving to the Northwest and joining NewsData in 1991, Mark worked as an award-winning editor and reporter for several Colorado newspapers, after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in history. A resident of suburban Seattle, Mark enjoys family time with his wife Janice, daughter Rachel and son Willie; serving on the Kenmore Planning Commission; reading; coaching high-school lacrosse; golf; and other sports and recreation pursuits.

Cyrus Noë
President and Publisher Emeritus

Cyrus Noë has worked as a journalist over a 60-year period, and since 1982 has published energy newsletters as CEO and publisher of Energy NewsData. In 1989, Noë received the Administrator's Award for Exceptional Public Service from Bonneville Power Administration. His earlier career included work as a newspaper and wire-service reporter; college teacher in Montana and Washington; actor and theater technician; radio news director; disc jockey in Montana, New Orleans and Panama; logging-camp cook in Montana; U.S. Army intelligence analyst in San Francisco and Germany; producer of the world's first rock 'n roll festival at Sultan, Washington a year prior to Woodstock; political-campaign staffer; football and basketball sportscaster; Seattle World's Fair publicist; and law-enforcement consultant in the South Pacific. Cyrus has five children and three grandchildren. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Montana and completed course work for a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Cyrus and his wife Mary--NewsData's controller and vice president--live in Seattle.

Steve Ernst
Editor, Clearing Up

Steve Ernst has been covering energy policy and resource development in the Pacific Northwest since 1999. In 2003, he joined Energy NewsData, for which he currently edits Clearing Up and previously edited Energy Prospects West until its completion in 2014. Prior to his tenure with NewsData, Steve covered venture capital, technology, energy and sports business for the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle. His work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and has appeared in, Seattle Weekly and the Associated Press. In 2000, he was a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. He has also moderated panels on regional and national energy policy, and has been a guest speaker on local radio stations. Steve lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Rick Adair
News Editor, Clearing Up

Rick Adair has been news editor for Clearing Up since 2003. His duties include making sense of dozens of complex utility and court cases in play during any given week, and helping to maintain Clearing Up's high editorial standards. His prior experience includes covering the utility, science and environment beats of a biweekly newspaper at Lake Tahoe, where his work won several Nevada statewide awards. Before turning to journalism, Rick earned geophysics degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.) and University of California, San Diego (Ph.D.). His research and engineering work touched on earthquakes, geothermal prospects, oil/gas hydraulic fracturing, advanced sonar, and processing Mars and lunar images. He has written and edited elementary and high school science-reference books.

Laura Berg
Editor, NW Fishletter; Associate Editor, Clearing Up

Laura Berg is the newest editorial staff member of Energy NewsData, having joined the company in July 2015. As the editor of NW Fishletter and contributing editor for Clearing Up, she brings more than 20 years of experience working the government side of Columbia River Basin fisheries. She's variously been a writer, editor and public information manager for Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, NOAA Fisheries, the Yakama Indian Nation, Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board, Upper Columbia Recovery Board and Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Laura is a graduate of Portland State University and resides in Portland, Ore. Some of her favorite activities are hiking, cooking, gardening and yoga.

Ben Tansey
Senior Contributing Editor, Clearing Up

Ben Tansey has contributed as an editor and writer to Energy NewsData's various publications since 1993. He formerly served as editor of Clearing Up, and Relicensing Review. In addition to his NewsData work, he is the author of a primer on the Northwest electric-power industry, and also provides mostly energy-related content and research to various clients. A graduate of the Evergreen State College, Ben is originally from California but came to Washington because he loves the rain. Nonetheless, he has now returned to California.

Jude Noland
Senior Contributing Editor, Clearing Up

Jude Noland is a senior contributing editor for Clearing Up. Her responsibilities include reporting--particularly on the environmental aspects of various resources, smart-grid developments and energy policy--column-writing and editing. She has more than 20 years of experience with Northwest energy issues, both as a radio and print journalist and as media-relations supervisor for a regional investor-owned utility. Jude joined Energy NewsData when the company launched Conservation Monitor in 1992, and served as editor of Clearing Up from 2000-2004. She has an M.A. in business communications from the University of Washington, and performs her reporting and editorial duties from her home office in Walla Walla in eastern Washington.


Mavis Scanlon
Editor, California Energy Markets; Editor, Water Power West

Mavis Scanlon is editor of California Energy Markets, where she covers PG&E Corp., the California Energy Commission, and energy-related legislation, litigation and water issues. Before joining CEM in 2009, Mavis covered the banking and energy beats at the East Bay Business Times, where her work won several awards for business and investigative/enterprise reporting. She covered the energy and oilfield service sectors at, and the cable TV industry for CableWorld magazine. Mavis earned an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. A Long Island, N.Y. native, Mavis now lives in Oakland.

Leora Broydo Vestel
Associate Editor, California Energy Markets

Leora Broydo Vestel rejoined California Energy Markets as a staff writer in April 2011. She was also a staffer at CEM from 2003 to 2005. Leora has worked as a journalist for more than 15 years, and has contributed articles to many publications, including the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and The Sacramento Bee. After graduating from Occidental College in 1990, she lived overseas, working for ABC News in London and Prognosis newspaper in Prague. Leora lives in San Francisco with her husband and two kids. In her free time she's been working on her own wind-energy project: learning to windsurf.

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