Requiem for a freelance career? Unlikely

I’m just starting to settle in this week to my new job as the director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. My name is on the school’s webpage but I wasn’t expecting to see my byline in pixels anytime soon.

And then this popped up on the National Geographic website: ‘Shark Lady’ Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died and I remembered why I was so busy as a freelancer — even when the number of bylines didn’t seem to match my work load. I was writing obituaries.

I won’t say how many obits I wrote for National Geographic but they include some very famous and amazing people about whom I learned so much during my research and interviews.

Clark, a native New Yorker who fell in love with sharks at the aquarium at Battery Park, was the first to pass away and thus her obituary is the first to be published.

You are what you eat — and you could be eating better

Part two of my report on the National Geographic Greendex environmental survey focuses on food and — surprise, surprise — Americans are lousy eaters when it comes to saving the planet. Check out my story, Global Survey Says We’re Eating Better, But Our Diet Is Still Unsustainable, to see which country has the most green eaters.

Not everyone finds it easy to be green

National Geographic asked me to take their ginormous Greendex environmental survey and boil it down to its essence. So here’s what I came up with: 8 Surprising, Depressing, and Hopeful Findings From Global Survey of Environmental Attitudes. Check it out, and also take the Greendex calculator and the knowledge quiz to see where you stack up.

Old MacDonald is getting older

Those of you who know me know that I love to report in the field. Or, in this case, an orchard. I am so glad that National Geographic sent me  — and one of their amazing photographers — to gorgeous northern lower Michigan to report this story that should be of interest to all who eat food (or at least cherry pie). Check out my latest, American Farmers Are Growing Old, With Spiraling Costs Keeping Out Young.