Our featured conversations on the topic
of carbon monoxide in schools

The carbon monoxide conversation should be happening at every school, in every community, across the U.S.


I would be honored to share this story with your audience, so that people understand the issue, the risk, and the steps they can take to make a change in their own community. Use our story as a tool – as the "best case scenario" of turning a really traumatic, and preventable event, and showing what can happen when a community takes accountability and comes together for change.

A special thanks to the Virginian Pilot, Del. Alex Askew, Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler, and many others who heard about this issue locally and decided to do something about it.

February 28, 2020 – The original Sunday front page news article that appeared in both the Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press, publications of Tribune Media and two of Virginia's largest circulation newspapers.

April 20, 2020 – Editorial board of Tribune Media (both Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press) issue legislative call to action in their Sunday Opinion page, supporting Zellner's Change.org petition and request for CO laws in VA to be changed in support of safer schools

May 23, 2020 – Media profile of Nikki James Zellner in WeAreTheMighty.com, who was becoming an activist for CO safety after her children were poisoned in February 2020. We Are the Mighty has over 1.5 million military-passionate followers on social media.

February 3, 2021 – Upon introduction of the carbon monoxide legislation introduced by Del. Alex Askew into Virginia's legislative session, the heat was on lawmakers when Virginia Media publications did a follow-up article on the progress made since the daycare poisoning took place.

February 22, 2021 – Exactly one year after our children's daycare was poisoned, Virginia lawmakers of both chambers were nearly unanimous in their decision to approve HB1823, pushing the CO detector law through for Gov. Northam's signature. 

February 26, 2021 – Military.com, the most read military publication in the US, publishes a feature on the success Zellner's Virginia CO legislation – and the challenges that still lay ahead for rolling changes out on a national level.

March 23, 2021 – Virginia Media publishes an editorial in the Sunday opinion section once the Virginia legislation is signed by Gov. Ralph Northam. It applauds the efforts of the cooperation between citizen, journalism, public servants and legislators to correct the system and protect citizens of the Commonwealth.

April 12, 2021 – Zellner gives her first candid, hour-long audio interview on what life has been like since her children's school CO poisoning, the direction her life has taken as it relates to CO advocacy and activism, and offers insights into CO education for parents, teachers.