Krista serves Nature Crime Alliance as Director of Communications. There, she works with a WRI-based team and partners around the world to connect the dots between ground-level deforestation, poaching, trafficking and other forms of nature crime and the corruption, financial and other criminal activities that result.

Krista joined WRI in early 2021 as Senior Editor, where she worked to ensure that data and policies on climate and sustainability are explained in clear, useful ways. She has also worked as WRI’s Director of Communications and Engagement for the Global Restoration Initiative.

She has extensive journalism experience, most recently at NPR's Morning Edition. Prior to that, she led an international newsroom at Global Press Journal, which provides news stories from remote regions, conflict zones and other uncovered and under-covered areas. Krista has also worked for daily newspapers and other publications, reporting on a wide range of issues including international aid and development, religion, and American Indian tribal sovereignty. Her reporting, editing and news leadership work has been recognized with top honors from The Associated Press, ONA, multiple Blethen awards, multiple Clarion Awards and many others. She has held fellowships with International Center for Journalists and International Reporting Project.

Krista was the lead co-author of the award-winning Global Press Style Guide, which provides guidance on how to reference people and places with dignity and precision. The guide has been adopted by numerous government, international development and news organizations. She has taught and spoken around the world on fact-checking and accuracy, particularly for content referencing conflict zones and remote regions. The guidelines and processes she developed on style, precision and fact-checking have been highlighted by organizations including The Nieman Foundation.

Krista has taught journalism and media communications in seminars and workshops at universities and media organizations in the U.S. and around the world, primarily in low-income countries and communities. At UPI, she launched a training program that selected journalists from under-covered places around the world and prepared them for news media careers.

Krista earned an M.A. in journalism at Syracuse University, as well as a BRe in theology from Davis College.