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 still confirming the members of the 2014 YRE USA jury.
The 2013 jurors, listed below, did an admirable job of reviewing and scoring the entries in our inaugural competition, and we thank them sincerely for their time and effort.
Gary Braasch is an environmental photographer and writer who has documented natural history and environmental issues worldwide for major publications such as Time, Life, Scientific American, and the United Nations and World Meteorological Organization. Gary is the 2006 recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography by the Sierra Club, the 2003 Outstanding Nature Photographer by the North American Nature Photography Association and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. University of California Press publishes his book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World, and in 2012 he co-produced an App for iPhone and iPad visualizing climate changes to glaciers, coastlines and other landscapes.
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.
Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox is a seasoned communications specialist with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She joined UNEP’s Regional Office for North America in 2007 with responsibility for enhancing the organization’s visibility in the region, promoting collaboration between UNEP and the Governments of Canada and the United States, and with the private sector and outstanding environmental, academic, and scientific institutions in the region. Before coming to Washington, D.C., she led the unit in the Division of Communications and Public Information at UNEP’s Headquarters in Nairobi which showcased the organization’s work around the world through the coordination of global media events.
Rob Holmes is the president and founder of the Green Living Project. Through various multimedia production and distribution techniques, this film production and marketing company showcases global sustainability initiatives to educate and inspire businesses, communities, and individuals on the importance and benefits of global sustainability. Rob has successfully established over 70 global media production partnerships and executed media expeditions across 19 countries throughout Africa, South America, Central America, and North America. He has also developed event marketing strategies, solidified major corporate sponsorship campaigns, and spearheaded new social media initiatives. Rob has a diverse background in media production, sustainable business, international conservation, and entrepreneurship.
Tim Laman is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist. He pursues his passion for exploring wild places and documenting wildlife as a regular contributor to National Geographic. He also contributes to National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick, which named him Photographer of the Year in 2009. Tim’s work carries a conservation message, focusing on endangered species such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and hornbills, as well as on important ecological regions known as Biodiversity Hotspots. Tim has also published more than a dozen scientific articles related to rainforest ecology and birdlife. Tim's work was honored with the North American Nature Photography Association's "Outstanding Nature Photographer" award in 2009. He firmly believes that promoting awareness through photography can make a difference for conservation.
Mary Pope Osborne is the author of over 100 acclaimed books for children, most notably the Magic Tree House series. The Magic Tree House books are one of the best selling series of children’s books in publishing history. They have been translated into 33 different languages, and are highly regarded for their power to instill a passion for reading and learning. Mary grew up in a military family and lived on army posts all over the world. She credits her childhood experiences with inspiring her passion for exploring many different times and places through her books.
Natalie Pope Boyce is the older sister of Mary Pope Osborne and collaborates with Mary on a nonfiction companion series to the Magic Tree House stories. Launched as the Magic Tree House Research Guides and now known as Fact Trackers, these books expand on the facts and provide additional information about the events in the fiction stories. Natalie has also worked as a children's librarian and as a teacher of English and E.S.L.
David Poulson is the associate director of Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism where he teaches environmental, investigative and computer-assisted reporting to graduate and undergraduate students and organizes workshops for professional journalists. He is also the founder and editor of Great Lakes Echo, a non-profit environmental news service now serving the Great Lakes region. Prior to arriving at MSU in 2003, he was a reporter and editor for 22 years, covering the environment for several news organizations.
James A. Rousmaniere Jr. is editor and president of The Keene Sentinel, an independent daily newspaper in New Hampshire founded in 1799. He came to the Sentinel from The Baltimore Sun, where his coverage included environmental affairs in Chesapeake Bay and, later, economic policymaking in Washington, D.C. Over the years he has judged youth writing competitions about the Constitution and has helped a number of elementary schools start their own newspapers. He has also helped to teach a high school American Studies class that focused on studies of place, and has taught writing at the graduate level. He lives in a rural part of New Hampshire and is an outdoorsman.
YRE USA thanks all our jurors for offering their time and expertise to help youth develop their skills as environmental journalists!