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Jury for Young Reporters for the Environment

Submissions to the YRE USA competition will be judged by a panel of professionals with expertise in the fields of environmental conservation, sustainable development, journalism, photography, videography, and education.

The members of the jury will utilize a rubric based on the Judging Criteria to review participants’ entries.

We are pleased to announce the members of the 2015 YRE USA jury. 



Anne BolenAnne Bolen is managing editor of National Wildlife magazine. For more than 20 years, she has written articles and edited and managed the publication of magazines, books and other publications that show how science illuminates our world. She has served as an editor for Smithsonian magazine, publications manager for the ocean conservation and communications organization SeaWeb and a production editor for Smithsonian Institution Press and Iowa State University Press.


 Hannah-Shardt258x286Hannah Schardt is the Senior Editor of National Wildlife Federation’s magazine for children: Ranger Rick. Before coming to Ranger Rick, she worked as an editor at National Wildlife magazine and as a reporter at daily and weekly newspapers in California.  





Hillary Esquina  

Hillary Esquina is a Telly Award-winning producer/editor and has been working in the multi-media/video production field for over 8 years. She is currently the Content Producer at National Wildlife Federation, where she is in charge of all video production for the organization. Hillary has worked on a wide variety of award-winning projects and has demonstrated expertise in multiple areas including video marketing strategies, creating effective content and video production. She volunteers with animal rescue organizations and is an avid photographer.




Suzanne Garr is a freelance photographer and journalist. In addition, she is an account manager at Quad/Graphics, Inc. where one of her accounts for the past 23 years has been the National Wildlife Federation. She has participated in several of NWF’s Conservation Summits and has worked with the National Parks Conservation Association. Suzanne is also actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations including the Coalition of Photographic Artists, and she serves as board director of Outpost Natural Foods Co-op in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Suzanne recently led a team of volunteers to Uganda with the Change the Truth Foundation.







YRE USA thanks all our jurors for offering their time and expertise to help youth develop their skills as environmental journalists! 

New YRE International Collaboration Opportunity

Group YRE 

New this year, youth can choose to collaborate and jointly submit an article in the Sustainable Consumption and Production category. Learn more.

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