Meet Our 2022-2023 Planet Forward Correspondents!

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Open Dates: 
Tuesday, September 06, 2022 to Wednesday, May 10, 2023

We are excited to announce our 2022-2023 Planet Forward Correspondents! Get to know them below:


Our 2022-2023 Senior Correspondents:

  • Halley Hughes - University of Arizona. Halley is in her senior year, double majoring in Natural Resources and the Environment.

  • Carter Weinhofer - Eckerd College. Carter is in his senior year, majoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish with a minor in Journalism.


Our 2022-2023 Correspondents:

  • Chris Zatarain - University of Arizona. Chris is pursuing his bachelor's degree in Music and minoring in Environmental Studies.

  • Eric Forbes - Colorado State University. Eric is pursuing his graduate degree in Journalism and Media Communication.

  • Adriana Martinez-Smiley - Northwestern University. Adriana is in her senior year, majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Critical Race and Ethics Studies.

  • Hannah Krantz - George Washington University. Hannah is in her senior year, studying Journalism and Mass Communications.

  • Dori Reese - Tuskegee University. Dori is in her junior year, majoring in Political Science.

  • Charles Hua - Harvard College. Charles is pursuing his bachelor's degree in Statistics and Mathematics, as well as his master's degree in Statistics.

  • Josh Rosenstein - Middlebury College. Josh is in his junior year, majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Economics.

  • Julia Paige-Carter - Arizona State University. Julia is in her Senior year, studying Sustainability and Communications.

  • Katie Perkins - Texas Tech University. Katie is in her third year, studying Creative Media Industries with a concentration in photography.

  • Owen Volk - SUNY-ESF. Owen is in his junior year, majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus in policy and communications.

  • Sachi Mulkey - University of California-Berkeley. Sachi is pursuing her graduate degree in the School of Journalism.

  • Vidya Muthupillai - George Washington University. Vidya is in her second year, majoring  in Political Science with a concentration in International Environmental Studies.

  • Tiya Cantrell - Tuskegee University. Tiya is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy.

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Hub Content

Bob Cat and Allan Gandelman stand side-by-side holding a large basket of colorful produce picked from their fields. A lush green field of vegetables extends behind them.

Co-owners of Main Street Farms, Bob Cat (left) and Allan Gandelman (right) hold up produce at their farm in upstate New York. (Courtesy of Main Street Farms)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
How an organic farm and a nonprofit health coalition in Cortland, NY are partnering to implement a system of prescription foods to serve people with low incomes in their community.
Rows of egg cartons fill a grocery store's shelves.

In some places, eggs have doubled in price in the past year. (Raysonho/CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Tuskegee University
What does your grocery tab have to do with diseases in birds? Find out why the prices of eggs is more complicated than you think. 
A snowy egret walks among green plants in low water.

A snowy egret on the search for something tasty. (William Bay/TRNERR).

Planet Forward Correspondent | Arizona State University
The beautiful landscape of the Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve is constantly threatened by human impacts. This is what the estuary's research team is doing about it.

A cow grazing at Colorado State University's Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center on Oct. 27, 2022, in Fort Collins, Colo. (Photo by Eric Forbes)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Colorado State University, Center for Science Communication
In this video, AgNext's Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson and Dr. Sara Place discuss the future of sustainable animal agriculture.
An illustration showing a whale entangled by a crab fishing rope, with a small orange crab on the whale's underside, helping by snipping the rope.

Illustrations by Sachi Kitajima Mulkey.

Planet Forward Correspondent | UC Berkeley
A deep dive into how the San Francisco crab fishers are innovating their industry to save whales.
Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
In this video, bison ranchers at McGinley Ranch in the Sandhills of northern Nebraska discuss building soil health as the key to healing the land and generating a profit. 
A close-up shot of light-skinned hands, half covered by long, blue sleeves with thumbholes, holds up a white split-open pod of black beans.

Robin Clemmons rips apart a pod of black beans, demonstrating that not many people may realize where crops, like black beans, actually come from. These bean pods need to be dried before volunteers can shell them by hand — in a days work, it's tricky to fill a plastic shopping bag. (Carter Weinhofer/Eckerd College)

Planet Forward Sr. Correspondent | Eckerd College
Food security is a growing issue, but small-scale agriculture can be a catalyst to aid in large-scale food movements.

Than Naing Oo next to his garden plot in 2018 in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bick)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
Global Garden Refugee Training Farm in Chicago makes space for refugee farmers to grow traditional fruits and vegetables, while also integrating local cultivars. One farmer shares what he grows in his farm plot.
A feral hog searches for food among some rocks.

Feral hogs are a destructive invasive species prevalent across Texas. (Roy Buri/Pixabay)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Texas Tech University
Controlling invasive species can be costly and time-consuming. Watch this video to learn how including them on your plate could be a viable way to manage and even reduce populations.
An assortment of crops are seen growing out of lava-rocks in a terraced platform with water flowing through a pipe from one level of the terrace to the next.

Charles Collins' aquaponic garden. Water pours out from one garden bed overflowing with home grown vegetable plants, into another lava-rock filled bed. (Photo courtesy of Charles Collins)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Arizona
Charles Collins is a backyard gardener on a mission to change the way that the world grows food. In this audio story, Charles discusses his primary method: aquaponics.