Some of the most influential voices for preserving Florida’s natural wonders are alumni of the College of Journalism and Communications. We asked six to muse on their careers, the environment and their favorite spots in Florida.
Leslie Kemp Poole
“As a fourth-generation Floridian, it is impossible for me to ignore the loss of our natural beauty and resources, which occupy a piece of my very being.”
“I threw myself into the Everglades story and spent the majority of my time covering that story for the next 10 years.”
“Sometimes it takes years and years of reporters covering the same environmental issue before it captures the interest of the public and then lawmakers.”
“I’ve discovered so much beauty in nature after moving to Florida that I wanted to learn more and figure out whether the environment will survive Florida’s population growth.”
“Like many of our students, I have a strong internal sense of justice and an equally strong sense of awe for nature.”
Hiaasen always seemed to find ways to weave a conservationist bent into his work, sometimes to absurdist degrees.