Environment and Science Communication Career Panel

Monday, January 22, 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Freedom Forum Conference Center (Carroll 305)


Hear from professionals working at the intersection of the environment, science and communications in this panel. Our guests are experts working in various communications fields including environmental journalism, documentary storytelling, advocacy and strategic communication. Topics covered will include panelists' career experiences and potential career paths for students.

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Amy Armbruster

Amy Armbruster
Research and outreach manager, Sustainability @ UNC

Now charged with leading outreach around Carolina’s sustainability efforts, Amy Armbruster has previously worked to inform communities about recycling, environmentally friendly transportation and sustainable food production.

Michael Biesecker

Michael Biesecker
Investigative reporter, The Associated Press

Part of the AP's Washington, D.C.-based investigative team, Michael Biesecker’s coverage politics, environment, climate and clean energy appears in publications nationwide. He previously reported for the Winston-Salem Journal, News & Observer and Charlotte Observer.

Debbie Crane

Debbie Crane
Communications director, The Nature Conservancy-North Carolina Chapter

After starting out in broadcast media, Debbie Crane later directed public affairs for the N.C. Department of Environment Health and Natural Resources. She now leads communications for The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to preserve the state’s natural spaces.

Elena Rue

Elena Rue
Co-founder, StoryMineMedia

Elena Rue and a classmate founded StoryMineMedia after completing the UNC MJ-school’s master’s program. They have explored energy, pollution, agriculture and other environmental topics through documentary storytelling for nonprofit and corporate clients.

Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard
Senior lecturer, UNC School of Media and Journalism
Senior enterprise editor and former energy and environment editor, HuffPost

An award-winning environmental journalist, Kate Sheppard is in her first year on the MJ-school faculty. Before HuffPost, she reported for Mother Jones, Grist and the American Prospect. Her work has been featured in “The Best American Science and Nature Writing.”


Environment and Science Communication at Carolina

Environment and Science CommunicationThis event is sponsored by the Environment and Science Communication program for students at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students in this program earn a bachelor's degree in environmental studies or environmental science and a master's degree in media and communication in as little as five years.

ESC students have completed internships at organizations including Sungevity, Popular Science, the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department and the UNC Institute for the Environment. They have studied at environmental field sites and worked on MJ-school reporting trips across North Carolina and internationally.