We're delighted to announce that Marley Shebala and Jesus De La Rosa have become our newest board members.
Marley is the senior news reporter and a photographer for the Navajo Times in Window Rock, Ariz. Marley is Dine (Navajo) and Ashiwi (Zuni Pueblo). Her mother's clan is Toaheedliinii (The Water Flow Together Clan), and her father's clan is Cha'al (Frog Clan). An award-winning journalist with 25 years of journalism experience, Marley was named the 2005 Arizona Community Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club. She also serves on the CU-Boulder Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowship Board and recently was asked to join the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources Council of Advisors. In 2003, she received a Hewlett Environmental Fellowship to teach environmental journalism at UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Jesus, of San Jose, Calif., is a psychiatric social worker with Santa Clara Health and Hospital Systems. He holds master's degrees in public health education and in social welfare from the UC-Berkeley. Fluent in Spanish and English, Jesus has counseled troubled youth, drug and alcohol abusers, and HIV patients for more than 20 years. Jesus plans to bring information about environmental and social issues to the people he works with. "I want to serve on the HCN board because of my interest in environmental racism," he says. "Many environmental issues impact low-income people, and those people are often the ethnic communities."
Ed and Betsy Marston, who published and edited HCN for 19 years — Betsy continues to edit Writers on the Range and write our Heard Around the West column — were recently recognized as the 2008-2009 "Champions of the Rockies" by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. The State of the Rockies Project produces an annual "report card" on the pressing concerns of the region, such as extractive industries, affordable housing and renewable energy. Ed and Betsy were honored for their "institution building" work, including "your innovative HCN Research Fund that supports in-depth reporting, to your use of young interns, and even the continually amusing ‘Heard Around the West' back-page column …" Last year's recipient was Ted Turner.
HCN Contributing Editor Rebecca Clarren recently won an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship. The 12-month grant allows working journalists to pursue independent projects and write articles based on their investigations.
Former HCN intern Ken Wright published a new collection of essays last summer, titled The Monkey Wrench Dad: Dispatches from the Backyard Frontline (Raven's Eye Press). The essays "forge a manifesto of one family's endeavoring to live well." Ken lives in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado with his wife and two kids. He writes that he's "monkey wrenching by parenting," introducing his kids to river running, skateboarding, camping — and breaking the rules.