Cally Carswell

Santa Fe, NM USA

Professional Experience

I am an award-winning science and environmental journalist working in magazines and radio, and specializing in the issues of the American West. I report on people, plants, animals and the elements, and how they're all related. I am a contributing editor at High Country News, the West's environmental magazine, where I write frequently on the intersection of climate science, ecology and land management, and environmental policy and politics. I also have expertise in water, energy and agriculture, and excel at spinning complex topics into compelling and accessible yarns. In past lives, I worked with American RadioWorks, the Utne Reader, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival, studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and served on the Board of Directors for KVNF, public radio for Western Colorado.


4 Years
6 Years
6 Years


Environment & Nature
5 Years
5 Years
5 Years


Broadcasting - News - Radio (National)
5 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
6 Years
Online/new media
7 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

7 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

High Country News (10+)

Other Work History

Staff Writer and Editor, High Country News; Utne Reader; American RadioWorks; Third Coast International Audio Festival

Technical Skills

Audio Editing (ProTools, Hindenburg), Live Radio Board Operations, Video Editing (Final Cut)

Computer Skills

Word, HTML, Content Management Systems


2013 Top of the Rockies from the Society of Professional Journalists, 2012 Science in Society Award from National Association of Science Writers, 2012 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism


Society of Environmental Journalists, National Association of Science Writers, Journalism and Women's Symposium


Writing Samples

In order to save the West forests, scientists must first learn how trees die. A High Country News cover story.
A little-known Oregon minnow is the first fish to be declared recovered under the Endangered Species Act. New analysis for High Country News.
Generous spring snow storms were a momentary, if welcome, distraction from the West's real weather story: drought. New analysis for High Country News.

Editing Samples

Restoration pits beloved - but exotic - eucalyptus trees against California natives. A High Country News cover story by J. Madeleine Nash.
In a small Nevada town once plagued by childhood cancer, some families still search for answers. A High Country News cover story by Sierra Crane-Murdoch.

Audio Samples

Rediscovering the forgotten rivers and streams of Los Angeles and Tucson.
An oral history of the 1950s drought in West Texas, and a look at what the 2000 to 2004 drought could portend for the future.