Staff Members

J. Carl Ganter: Co-Founder and Director

J. Carl Ganter: Co-Founder and Director

J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, the internationally recognized center for original front-line reporting, research, and analysis on resource issues, with a focus on the intersection between water, food, and energy. Ganter is an award-winning photojournalist, reporter, and broadcaster credited with helping shape the multimedia journalism era. He is vice-chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security and, for more than five years, served on the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Navigating Peace Water Working Group. He earned his MSJ in investigative and magazine writing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism after graduating with honors from the University’s American Studies Program. He is the 2012 recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award.




Eileen Ganter: Co-Founder and Creative Director

Eileen Ganter: Co-Founder and Creative Director

Eileen nurtures the creative ethos of Circle of Blue, from cultivating the lyrical ingredients of journalism to supporting the human factor in all aspects of our work. Eileen is a writer, director, and narrator who produced and hosted regional and national programming for 13 years at Interlochen Public Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate. Her association with Circle of Blue follows many years of independent multimedia journalistic projects and a life-long love of the Great Lakes. She holds an undergraduate and a masters degree (summa cum laude) in film and video from the University of Detroit.




Keith Schneider: Senior Editor

Keith Schneider: Senior Editor

Keith manages multimedia story development, reporting, editing, and production for Circle of Blue. He is a nationally known journalist, online communications specialist, and environmental policy expert. For more than a decade, Keith was a national correspondent for The New York Times, where he continues to report as a special writer on energy, real estate, business, and technology. Before joining Circle of Blue, Keith was media and communications director at the US Climate Action Network and communications director at the Apollo Alliance. Keith developed one of the first independent online news desks as the founder and executive director of the Michigan Land Use Institute. A sought-after public speaker on the role of original reporting and online communications in the public interest, Keith is a regular contributor to the Times, Yale Environment 360, Grist Magazine, and other prominent news organizations. You can read his personal site at Modeshift.org.




Aubrey Ann Parker: Assistant Editor

Aubrey Ann Parker: Assistant Editor

Aubrey manages the news desk for Circle of Blue, where she is also the chief data analyst, highlighting the relevancy and context of critical water data. Aubrey has a BA in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College, as well as a BSE in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Spanish from the University of Michigan. She spent seven months during 2006 at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. As a Graham Institute Scholar of 2009, Aubrey traveled to Chilean Patagonia, where she studied relationships between hydroelectric development projects and aquatic ecosystems. Past data-analysis internships have included watershed erosion-control practices, algae fermentation for use as a biofuel, and the creation of a “green” three-in-one lubricant oil. You can visit her personal site at aubreyannparker.com.




Jordan Bates: News Producer

Jordan Bates: News Producer

Jordan manages the day-to-day publishing of Circle of Blue’s online content. He holds a BGS with a focus on English and religion from the University of Michigan. His background includes newspaper publishing, e-commerce, and search engine optimization. From 2005 to 2006, Jordan ran a successful local newspaper, which has since evolved into community calendar. Over the course of five months, Jordan increased web traffic to Eco Building Products, an online distributor of green home-building supplies. Because of Jordan’s SEO services, Martha Stewart Living found North Star Organics cherry farm and sent a team to write and photograph a 12-page spread in the July 2011 magazine.




Nadya Ivanova: Reporter and Producer

Nadya Ivanova: Reporter and Producer

Nadya Ivanova has extensive experience working on international collaborative projects, having partnered with the European Commission and the the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, among others. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she majored in Journalism and International Studies. Nadya is recipient of the 2009 European Young Journalist Award, the Eric Lund Global Reporting and Research Grant, the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Research Grant, and the 2008 Géza von Molnar Essay Award. This fall, Nadya begins a Dual Master’s program with the London School of Economics and the Paris Institute of Political Studies, where she will study International Affairs, with a focus on international security and international political economy in China and East Asia.




Brett Walton: Reporter

Brett Walton: Reporter

Brett is a Seattle-based news correspondent for Circle of Blue. He has an MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington and a BA in English from the University of Richmond. He has worked on a NASA-affiliated research project on water data and as a member of a State Department project on climate change and water management in Central Asia. His areas of interest are transboundary management, the political economy of water, and agriculture policy. When not writing, Brett can be found hiking in the Cascades.




Codi Yeager-Kozacek: Reporter

Codi Yeager-Kozacek: Reporter


Codi is a news correspondent for Circle of Blue based out of Enterprise, Alabama. She studied journalism and biology as an undergraduate at West Virginia University and graduated summa cum laude from the university’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. She has done research at the College of the Bahamas Gerace Research Center on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, and her study on coastal dune plants is currently pending publication in the Bahamas Natural History Proceedings. Her interests include food security and ecology. She co-writes The Stream, Circle of Blue’s daily digest of international water news trends.




Special Reports

  •    Bulk Water Exports

  •    Reign of Sand

  •    Himalayas Melting

  •    Tehuacan

  •    China Karst

  •    WaterViews

  •    Asian Carp

  •    Biggest Dry

  •    Patagonia