SEJ Members Honored, Produce Videos, Win Awards and Grants

April 15, 2012

Media on the Move


Others change jobs, publish books — or just retire


Long-time SEJ member Adam Glenn has been named acting editor of the SEJournal. Glenn, an associate professor of journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, had previously served in the early 1990s as the Journal's features editor, and as co-editor with founding SEJ board member Kevin Carmody, and continues as a member of the SEJournal Editorial Board.

Professor Kris Wilson of the University of Texas at Austin was recently elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his "pioneering research on the role of weather forecasters in communicating accurate, credible information on climate change, and excellence in teaching future science communication specialists."

Deborah Fryer created a short video about the history of environmental health for the American Public Health Association. This video is available as a free download for use in classrooms, on websites, and other educational purposes. You can watch the video here. You can also get the embed code or download to your desktop from that same site.

Heather King, freelance producer/journalist, recently attended COP17 to cover industry developments as a Climate Change Media Partnership fellow. She also celebrated the 1-1/2 year anniversary of "View from the C-Suite," which profiles CEOs who are greening their industries, and she is launching "Red, Hot and Green" — a series looking at game-changing green innovations.

Gustave Axelson is changing jobs, moving from managing editor of Minnesota Conservation magazine to science editor at the ornithology lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. In his new role, he will be a communications liaison between the lab’s team of research scientists and the public. He also joins the editorial team of Living Bird magazine, produces the lab's annual State of the Birds report for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and does writing and communications projects for citizen science and education initiatives.

Producer Alexa Elliott reports that her South Florida Public Television team won another award for an episode in their "Changing Seas" series. "Alien Invaders," which focuses on the lionfish invasion in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean, won a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award.

Christy George received a $5,000 grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Consortium to work on the Oregon chapter of a book about climate change. She earned a two-week writing residency at Hill House in Michigan, from the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design, to work on the opening chapter of the same book. Her other work includes producing three more stories for the PBS show History Detectives.

Soll Sussman of Austin, Texas, was expected to retire from the Land Office in February after 21 years and he plans to work more often as a freelancer. He’s already making regular appearances on the EnergyMakers podcast/broadcast.

Margot Roosevelt, former Los Angeles Times environmental reporter, is now working for Reuters covering election year politics.

This spring, Cara Ellen Modisett's essay "Farmland, Shenandoah Valley" will be included in "The Mountains Have Come Closer," Vol. 15 of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, published by the Southern Appalachian Writers’ Cooperative. The essay is from a manuscript in progress Cara is completing as part of her MFA in creative nonfiction at Goucher College.

Osha Gray Davidson published Kirstenbosch: Africa’s Garden, a book of photographs from South Africa’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the world’s oldest botanical garden devoted to preserving indigenous plants. (With a preface by Zaitoon Rabaney, executive director, Botanical Society of South Africa.)

Judy Fahys is environment reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune. Send an email about your latest accomplishment or career shift to

* From the quarterly newsletter SEJournal, Spring 2012. Each new issue of SEJournal is available to members and subscribers only; find subscription information here or learn how to join SEJ. Past issues are archived for the public here.

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