Director of Communications
Amy Wold is the Director of Communications at The Water Institute of the Gulf. She comes to the Institute after 26 years as a newspaper reporter covering science, environmental, and coastal issues both on the West Coast and in Louisiana. Amy is responsible for working with research teams to provide quality reports and deliverables to clients and translate technical science issues for policy makers, industry representatives, and the public.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., Amy worked at two newspapers in Washington state. The first newspaper, The Chinook Observer, allowed her to spend three years covering coastal ecosystems along Long Beach on the Pacific Coast at the mouth of the Columbia River as well as stories about fishery resources and invasive species. Her second newspaper, the Central Kitsap Reporter in Silverdale, Wash., brought her to the Puget Sound region where she wrote award-winning stories about estuary environments and fishery resources.
In 1999, Amy got the chance to move to Louisiana to work at the Houma Courier for a year covering coastal restoration, flooding protection, and the increasing amount of research on Louisiana’s coastal land loss problem. About a year later, Amy started work at The Advocate newspaper where she held the position of environmental reporter for more than a decade. In that time, Amy got the chance to cover some of Louisiana’s major news events, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Throughout it all, coastal restoration and the engineering and science behind decisions being made about how Louisiana and the nation should address the state’s land loss were a constant focus for Amy’s reporting.