2008 Commencement Speaker:
Michelle Nijhuis ’96

hohengarten imageMichelle Nijhuis ’96 is an award-winning science and environment journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, and public radio. Nijhuis is a contributing editor of High Country News, and her work also appears in publications including Smithsonian, The Christian Science Monitor, Audubon, and Orion. She is the winner of several national journalism honors, including the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, an AAAS Science Journalism Award, and selection for the anthology Best American Science Writing. In 2006, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Nijhuis traveled to Southeast Alaska to gain first-hand perspective on climate change. She joined legendary glaciologist Maynard Miller and his research team for 10 days on the Juneau Icefield, where she reported on evidence of global warming. Nijhuis majored in biology at Reed. With her husband, Jackson Perrin, she lives off the electrical grid in Western Colorado.