A big thank-you to our supporters

  • Journalist Jeremy Miller, seen here at Maclure Glacier in Yosemite, is HCN's newest contributing editor.

    Courtesty Jeremy Miller
 

We're growing! Congrats to the many readers who recently stepped up to nourish the HCN community. You helped us blow the doors off our holiday gift-giving goal of 500 new subscribers. As we go to press, you've given at least 750 new gift subscriptions to family members, friends and colleagues, who, like you, care about this unique and wondrous region. (That's almost twice as many gift subscriptions as were given this time last year!) This is an enormous boon to everyone who values our reporting and supports our mission. Thank you for standing with us.

Editors and interns on the move

HCN is proud to announce our latest contributing editor, journalist Jeremy Miller. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Jeremy writes for several publications including Harper's, Orion, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The New York Times' Green Inc. blog and 5280. Much of his recent work has focused on the oil industry's transition to "unconventional" sources, but he's written for us on topics including urban waterway restoration, mercury emissions from cement production, and the controversial guidebook author Michael Kelsey. From 2009-2010, he was a Middlebury College fellow in environmental journalism, and in 2011, he received a media fellowship at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. Jeremy also holds a master's in science and medical journalism from Boston University and teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Denver.

Former HCN intern Emily Underwood (winter 2009) has just been hired as a contract staff writer for Science magazine in Washington, D.C. She had been an intern at Science since last July and will now be writing breaking news for the online and print magazine. After leaving our Paonia, Colo., office, Emily completed her master's in science writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her stint at High Country News "not only gave me excellent training, clips, mentors and friends," she says, but is "the reason I decided to become a science writer."

After interning here in summer 2009, Ariana Brocious got a job reporting local news at KVNF, the public radio station in HCN's hometown; she was promoted to news director in spring of 2010. Now she's headed east to Nebraska to work at NET, the statewide public radio station. Ariana will be the local host for NPR's Morning Edition (delivering the local news, weather, traffic and other tidbits); she'll also be reporting stories. The hours are early, she says: "I'll be on-air from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., yikes!" Thank God for coffee, and good luck to both Emily and Ariana in their new positions.