Barbara Kessler, has been editing and writing for Green Right Now since 2007. This gig follows a journalism career that started in TV, but mostly was spent in newspapers, mainly at the Dallas Morning News, where she covered a bucket list of things and specialized for a time in children’s welfare. She’s been purging her home environment of chemicals since having her own kids, who are now environmentalists in their own right. She grew up in the woods in northern Minnesota, riding horses, listening to barn owls and yes, at times, eating smelt. She helped her parents on their hobby farm. Business people by day, at home they gardened aggressively, composted and raised backyard chickens. (Funny how good ideas keep coming back.) Barbara has a BS in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Harriet L. Blake, contributor, has been pursuing a longtime passion of chronicling environmental news for the past few years. A veteran editor who’s worked at The Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post, she’s a 1977 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
She’s currently learning to cook vegetarian for her teenage daughter. Her adult son also is pursuing green ways.
Clint Williams, contributor, is a 30-year journalism veteran who has covered politics, lifestyle trends and environmental issues for newspapers from Florida to Arizona. He paddled Georgia’s Chattahoochee River from the mountains to the sea and rode the roaring rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in pursuit of a good story. And he’s hiked to the top of Mount Whitney and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon just for fun. He went to college at Brevard College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill back in the days when there was a draft.
Shermakaye Bass, contributor, has been covering news, features and foreign affairs for more than two decades. A former staff writer for The Dallas Morning News, she now lives in Austin and freelances for a wide range of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Austin American-Statesman and The Good Life magazine. In 2001, Bass’s interest in the environment took her to Nepal in 2001, where she co-organized the nonprofit Clean Nepal to institute recycling programs and create conservation awareness in the remote regions of the Himalayan Annapurna Massif.
Ashley Phillips, contributor, majored in Communication Studies with a concentration in Communication and Public Affairs at Texas Tech University . Since graduating in 2008, she has been transforming her life by not only eating clean, but living green. The highlight of her writing career to date was in 2009 when she got to interview President Clinton about his advocacy work around climate change and deforestation. She also has a passion for sports and enjoys spending her free time out on the golf course.
Sommer Saadi, contributor, is a master’s student at Columbia University, and a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she majored in History and Business Journalism and was named a William O’Neil Business and Journalism Scholar and a Belo Foundation Scholar. Saadi has worked in media since middle school contributing to school newspapers and serving as editor in chief of the SMU Rotunda yearbook. She served as an editorial intern with D Magazine’s business journal D CEO, and worked as a stringer with The Dallas Morning News. Saadi’s experience studying abroad in London during her junior year ignited a passion for travel and a fascination for world cultures, and she enjoys learning about the global issues associated with environmental news. She also enjoys writing about the youth voice in the push for climate change and how green issues are becoming a part of this generation’s culture.