John Farrell named the Post’s first climate and weather news video editor

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Announcement from Editorial Video Director Micah Gelman, Breaking News Senior Producer Nicki DeMarco and Supervising Video Producer Sarah Parnass:

We are delighted to announce that John Farrell will become The Post’s first climate and weather news video editor. In this role, John will work closely with the Climate, Weather and Audience teams to create explainer videos around key climate trends and package engaging weather clips for the website and social platforms.

John joined The Post in 2019 from CSPAN and has spent the past two and a half years leading morning video coverage as Breaking News Editor. His collegiality and cool head in a crisis helped guide the video hub team through a relentless years-long news cycle. John is often responsible for posting some of our early video coverage during breaking news, such as the Texas power grid outage, the Surfside condo collapse, and the failed US exit from Afghanistan.

John’s scientific background has provided essential service journalism to our audiences throughout the pandemic – from breaking down complex topics such as the formation and spread of virus variants, the debated validity of herd immunity and a effective step-by-step guide to how vaccines are approved. John has also already demonstrated an aptitude for covering his new beat with videos about climate anxiety and how overcoming it could be the key to saving our planet. In 2020, he produced a dramatic and informative play about Hurricane Laura with meteorologist Matthew Cappucci, which sent footage from inside the storm. And poetically, his first Post signature was on a video that addressed the suggestion that hurricanes can be destroyed.

John received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Vermont and made the leap to journalism in graduate school while receiving a master’s degree in biology from Harvard University’s extension program.

John will begin his new role after hiring a new morning news video editor. Please join us in congratulating him.