Environment and Science Communication Career Panel

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 -
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 advocacy, environmental journalism, government and corporate communication. Topics covered will include panelists' career experiences and potential career paths for students.

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Bob Fesmire

Bob Fesmire
Strategic communications manager, ABB

Specializing in making complex subjects understandable for the non-technical reader, Bob Fesmire has published articles and white papers on topics ranging from energy efficiency, renewables and grid technology to automation, robotics and the Internet of Things.

Maggie Kash '05
Communications director, Sierra Club

Based in Washington, D.C., Hussman School alumna Maggie Kash directs the Sierra Club’s communications department, with a staff of 60 employees with expertise spanning from journalistic to visual communications to media relations.

Sara Peach '05, '09 (M.A.)
Environmental journalist

Since majoring in environmental studies as a Carolina undergraduate and earning a master's degree from the Hussman School, Sara Peach has gone on to publish work in National Geographic, HuffPost, Scientific American and elsewhere. She is a senior editor for Yale Climate Connections.

Bailey Stearns '12
U.S. EPA communications contractor, ORAU

Bailey Stearns, who earned a UNC-Chapel Hill bachelor's degree in environmental studies, conducts broad stakeholder outreach for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development.

Kate Sheppard

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

An award-winning environmental journalist, Kate Sheppard is in her first year on the Hussman 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 Hussman School reporting trips across North Carolina and internationally.