When I wasn’t buried under a mountain of National Geographic magazines as a kid, I was parked in front of a television watching Steve Irwin’s Crocodile Hunter. Seeing wildlife in documentaries and magazines instilled in me a passion to save the natural world, despite my upbringing among the high-rise buildings of New York City.
When I graduated from college, I applied to every job whose description included the word “conservation,” but after a year of monitoring king salmon populations in Monterey Bay, I felt like I’d eaten more fish than I’d conserved.
By pursuing a career in journalism, I hope to make a bigger impact and inspire others to support wildlife conservation. Steve Irwin taught me that if you want to protect wildlife, you must make people fall in love with it. I’m living proof that this can work.