Lizzie Johnson On The Wine Country Wildfires One Year Later


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Lizzie Johnson is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who covers wildfires in California. She joins us on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Wine Country Wildfires of 2017 to reflect on what happened, how the community has rallied, and the challenges still facing the recovery.

Key Learnings

  1. Becoming the “Fire Girl”
  2. Arriving in Santa Rosa after the fires started
  3. Reporting from the ruins of Coffey Park
  4. How this wildfire impacted the sense of safety for people across the world
  5. Being a reporter and allowing people speak their truth about their experience
  6. How communities respond to a disaster and how it evolves over time
  7. Impressions of the recovery in Sonoma County at one year
  8. Global perceptions of the wildfire, climate change and an international “voyeuristic sense of horror”
  9. The one-year anniversary coverage

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