Richaldo Y. Hariandja or Rico started his journalism career in 2013 at Media Indonesia. For the past five years, the 33-year-old has worked as a freelance journalist for several media outlets, most notably Mongabay Indonesia. Interested in environmental and science issues, Rico covered a climate change conference in Morocco (2016). He won a fellowship to study clean energy transition in Germany in 2017. In 2020, he received the Thomson Reuters Foundation journalism scholarship in energy transition.