Michigan State University
M.A., Environmental Journalism, May 2007

MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism teaches journalists how to better report on the world’s most important beat. At the Knight Center, I learned from environmental experts, reported alongside seasoned environmental journalists, and served as editor of the award-winning EJ Magazine. The core value I learned there: It is both possible and necessary to the progress of society to explain complex environmental issues while maintaining traditional journalistic values of fairness and accuracy.

Illinois Wesleyan University
B.A., English Writing, May 2004, cum laude 

IWU is a traditional “liberal arts school” — a phrase I’m afraid most people never explain or understand properly. Here’s my take: I got a high-quality, well-rounded education that taught me how to learn and how to connect theory with reality. I was a writing major, but I also double-minored in Hispanic studies (don’t ask me to translate these days, though) and political science. And, here’s the kicker: I really should have majored or minored in environmental studies, a passion I discovered late in my undergraduate career. In the end, though, my multi-disciplinary studies have served me well in my environment-focused, public interest communications career.

Fellowship Recipient, June 2004

Shortly after receiving my bachelor’s degree, I was lucky to study environmental conditions and challenges in the Chinese countryside (and to visit many parts of rural China that tourists are not likely to venture). As part of a team of 6 — myself, another student, our two translators, and two professors — we interviewed subsistence farmers from a cross-section of villages north and south, coastal and inland, mountainous and flat, near and far from cities.  You can read more about my experiences in my Fall 2005 article in EJ Magazine