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Amy Wold Joins The Water Institute of the Gulf as Research Communicator

Wold brings extensive experience in reporting local coastal restoration, environmental, and science issues

Nov 14, 2016

Amy Wold joins The Water Institute of the Gulf as its research communicator, focused on collaborating with technical teams to translate science issues for clients, policy makers, industry representatives, and the community-at-large. With an extensive background in journalism, Wold has been covering coastal, environmental, and science issues as a newspaper reporter for 23 years and will add senior-level research communications expertise to the Institute’s technical team. 

“We are excited to welcome Amy to the Institute,” said President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf Charles “Chip” Groat. “Her experience in communications will enable her to work with our world-class team of scientists and engineers to produce deliverables and products that are understandable by a variety of audiences.”

Prior to joining the Institute, Wold served as an environmental reporter for The Advocate and covered some of Louisiana’s most historic news events, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita, hurricanes Gustav and Ike, and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Wold also covered coastal restoration, flooding protection, and the increasing amount of research on Louisiana’s coastal land loss issue as a reporter for the Houma Courier and The Advocate. With more than two decades of experience in reporting, a perennial focus for Wold has been coastal restoration, as well the engineering and science behind decisions on how Louisiana and the nation address land loss.

Wold received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and worked at two newspapers in Washington state before moving to Louisiana. The first newspaper, The Chinook Observer, enabled 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. The second newspaper, the Central Kitsap Reporter, brought her to the Puget Sound region, where she wrote award-winning stories about estuary environments and fishery resources.

About The Water Institute of the Gulf

The Water Institute of the Gulf is a not-for-profit, independent research and technical services resource for resilient coasts and sustainable water systems worldwide. The work of the Institute helps ensure livable communities and a thriving economy and environment. For more information, visit