Paige Vega

Paige Vega
Practicum Director for The Independent

Areas of expertise:

  • Journalism
  • Magazine editing
  • Long-form journalism
  • Community reporting
  • Accountability journalism


  • University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism, M.A. 2015
  • Fort Lewis College, B.A. Journalism and Media Studies, 2011


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About Paige Vega

Paige Vega is working as Climate Editor at Vox, steering the publication’s environmental coverage of the climate crisis. Previously she worked as the senior editor overseeing the Southwest, land, and waters, and special projects for High Country News, a magazine focused on the Western United States. and as an environment reporter and columnist for The Summit Daily News, a reporter for The Durango Herald, and wrote about science during her graduate work at the University of Missouri’s prestigious journalism school. Her first byline appeared in The Independent when she was a reporter in 2008 at Fort Lewis College.

Awards and highlights

National Magazine Awards, 2022, Finalist for General Excellence, Special Interest; AAAS Kaavli Science Journalism Award, “The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water,” By Maya L. Kapoor, July 2020; Anthologized in the 2021 “Best American Science & Nature Writing;” stories republished by Longreads; The Environmental Beard Loaf Writers Conference, Burlington, Vermont, May 2019; Knight Science Journalism McElheny Award finalist, “How a pupfish sent a man to prison,” March 2020.

Selected appearances:

“Last Seen,” a true-crime, “genre-bending anthology about people, places and things” podcast by WBUR; co-host of the “West Obsessed” podcast, High Country News produced in collaboration with KNVF Community Radio; Moderator, “Women Writing Risky Stories,” Nonfiction Now, Phoenix, Arizona, November 2018; Moderator, Science Series featuring Craig Childs and Paolo Bacigalupi, Crawford, Colorado, Nov. 2017