Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front

Kara Holsopple is committed to telling environmental stories that connect people to faces and places nearby, and to the wider world. Kara is a lifelong resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, except for her undergraduate years at Sarah Lawrence College. She holds a masters degree in professional writing from Chatham University, and has been a features writer for regional magazines. Kara got her start in radio working with Pittsburgh Indymedia’s Rustbelt Radio. She produced "The Allegheny Front Rewind" series, celebrating the show's 20th anniversary, and her work has been heard on The Environment Report, Inside Appalachia and Here & Now. One summer she read all of Agatha Christie’s detective novels.

Latest by Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front

Oysters from the bay waiting to spawn.

In Pittsburgh, some restaurants are helping restore the Chesapeake Bay one oyster shell at a time

With oyster populations low, a recovery effort focuses on cultivating baby oysters in the shells that once might have been on your dinner plate.

By Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front

Ephraim Zimmerman pulls apart a peat sample.

Into the bog: Scientists are trying to learn more about unique peatland ecosystems

The ecosystems are vulnerable to development and climate change
By Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front

A shale gas drilling rig in Washington, Pa.

Fracking in Ohio series: How Ohio compares to Pennsylvania for oversight of gas industry

An Ohio law and environment professor said that in some ways, Pennsylvania is better than Ohio in terms of regulating the industry.

By Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front

A wind energy farm in Somerset County.

Gina Catanzarite, writer and producer, and Glenn Syska, director of photography and editor, on the “set” of their documentary, “Downstream.”

“Downstream” documentary looks at pollution in Pennsylvania’s water

Producer: State could be success story, or cautionary tale
By Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front