Recently, I had the honor of speaking about wildlife crime and storytelling at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of my presentation I gave out a Tip Sheet on techniques I’ve used to step outside the standard wildlife crime reporting framework and tell stories that are fresh and can make a difference. I thought I’d share them.
I was pleased to present testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on organized crime, extremist militias, and terrorism as they relate
to Africa’s wildlife, protected areas, and park rangers, 5/18/17. This hearing was called by Chairman Ed Royce who has been a leader on addressing terrorism in Africa, wildlife trafficking, and a supporter of exploration. I spoke in my capacity as an investigative journalist and a National Geographic Society Explorer.
Here is a link to my congressional testimony.
Had a great time this week with Trevor. He has a heartbreaking and real insight into this world. Here’s the link to our edited, on-show talk and below is our full interview. We went over twice the scheduled amount of time talking rhinos, poaching, the Trump sons, and more.
I had a great time on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which aired today. You won’t hear it (I think) but my stomach growled so loud mid-interview Terry had to go to her office and get me a banana. I also got to drink a bottle of water Beyonce had left unconsumed during her visit to the show. And, Terry announced our interview the day before at the close of her interview with the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, whose raw American poetry I’ve admired all my life, bolstered by this exchange with Walker Percy first published in that great, bygone (why do those words link so often today?) publication DoubleTake.
Next week (Oct 12) I’m on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where I’ll share a few details not included in the print story. And Friday, I’m on Special Report with Bret Baier who’s done a great job chronicling criminal exploitation of wildlife.