Ann Posegate is a second-year master’s student in journalism at the University of Arizona. She received her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and attended the Washington Semester program at American University in Washington, D.C. with a field study in South Africa.
Posegate works as a Graduate Outreach Assistant at the Arizona Water Resources Research Center under Water Sustainability Program Director Jackie Moxley. She assists in organizing and promoting events, as well as creating the new UA Water Network website, which will be a clearinghouse for the university’s water-related research and activities.
Posegate has worked at mountains, deserts, canyons, rivers, cities, and even an ice sheet, communicating science and environmental concepts to many audiences. She was an educator at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, an interpretive park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, a watershed educator in Washington, D.C. and a freelance writer.
For more than three years, she worked as outreach coordinator for the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Weather and Environment program, which provides environmental and climate information to broadcast meteorologists for incorporation into weather broadcasts. She also served as weather-environment writer for the Washington Post’s local weather blog, Capital Weather Gang, and covered numerous water-related topics such as stormwater runoff. In 2010, she traveled to Antarctica on a media expedition with the National Science Foundation and reported live from “the ice,” a life-changing experience.
Posegate’s studies focus on science and environmental reporting. For her thesis, she is analyzing news media coverage of climate change. She plans to graduate in August 2015 and in the future would like to work with scientists to communicate research in creative ways.