Meet SEJ member Ayurella Horn-Muller! Ayurella is an award-winning freelance journalist and a correspondent at news and research nonprofit Climate Central. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, NPR, NBC, PBS NewsHour, USA Today and Forbes, among others. In 2021, her reporting with WLRN journalist Jenny Staletovich covering the impacts of sea level rise on affordable housing won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine State Multimedia Feature Award. Ayurella's debut book "Savior of the South," a nonfiction account of kudzu, climate change and cultural symbolism, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2023.
Ayurella recommends SEJ membership to her colleagues, especially freelancers, and said, "SEJ's EJToday daily news digest is the one email I never put off opening. I love seeing what other environmental reporters are covering, which often inspires me with new story ideas." Join Ayurella at SEJ today!
Here are examples of Ayurella's work:
- "'Preach Now Or Mourn in the Future': How Key West Faith Leaders Are Confronting Climate Change," Southerly, Climate Central and Newsy, November 10, 2021.
- "The Oldest Tree in Eastern US Survived Millennia – But Rising Seas Could Kill It ," The Guardian, August 1, 2021.
- "The Role of Kudzu in Architecture, Cuisine, and Culture," Southerly, March 20, 2021.
- "Climate Change Threatens Homes of Boston's Most Vulnerable," NBC Boston and Climate Central, January 28, 2021.
- "Racing the Sea: Miami Beach's Housing Crisis Worsened by Climate Change ," Southerly, Climate Central and WLRN, December 14, 2020.
- "'Give Us A Break, Lord': Amid Active Hurricane Season, Pandemic Halts Recovery in Florida Two Years After Michael," Climate Central and Southerly, June 29, 2020.
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