Professional summary

Driven, skilled and experienced journalist covering nature, science and community resilience in a changing world. My work – as a staff reporter and freelance journalist – appears regularly in newspapers and digital publications throughout the Pacific Northwest. Looking for opportunities to stretch and grow in the profession, and to bring farther-reaching and more deeply-reported stories to readers near and far.


Multiple publications and clients | Remote

Freelance journalist, copywriter, copy editor – 2019 to Present

Published by digital nonprofit news sites Bitterroot Magazine and Salish Current. Completed various copywriting and copy editing assignments for private clients.

Skagit Valley Herald ( | Northwest Washington

Environment reporter – July 2013 to Present

As the first environment reporter for the daily newspaper serving Skagit County, Wash., I report on a wide variety of topics including natural resources issues, science and research. In addition to my primary beat, I cover east county communities and do occasional features. I produce live content for print and web, post regularly to social media, and collaborate closely with newsroom photographers and editors. I also record short video clips and occasionally create charts to help illustrate stories.


Western Washington University | Bellingham, Wash.

Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and journalism – August 2011

While earning my degree I wrote for four campus publications and one community publication. I interned with the regional magazine Bellingham Alive! and was published by the nonprofit InvestigateWest.

Spokane Community College | Spokane, Wash.

Associate of Arts – June 2008

As a Running Start student I received a 2-year degree while attending high school.


Best of the Northwest Science Writing Awards | Northwest Science Writers Association

Honorable mention in journalism category – 2019

C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards | Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association

Dolly Connelly Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism – 2018/2019

Debbie Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs – 2017/2018

RK Mellon Foundation fellowship | Society of Environmental Journalists

SEJ Annual Conference, Rivers of Change – 2017

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting fellowship | University of Rhode Island

Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists – 2017

(PDF: Cauvel resume)