Kelsey Fitzgerald | University of Nevada, Reno


Kelsey Fitzgerald has a background in biology and ecology and spent his early career working on wildlife biology, wildfires and ecological restoration projects in the western United States. Along the way, she came across many important scientific stories that were untold. She completed her master’s degree at the Reynolds School of Journalism in 2015, with a focus on environmental journalism and citizen science along the Truckee River. She worked as a freelance journalist in Reno covering science and the environment, then continued to the Desert Research Institute where she served as science writer and communications manager for over 300 scientists in northern and southern Nevada.

Fitzgerald specializes in making science stories understandable and relevant to broad audiences and has won awards from the Public Relations Society of America for his work. Her background includes writing, photography, podcasting, web design, graphic design, and ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Fitzgerald returned to the Reynolds School in the fall of 2022 as the Reynolds Lecturer in Science Communication and works with the Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science. She is also currently the Communications Coordinator for the USDA-funded Native Climate Project, where she leads a journalism internship program aimed at raising awareness of climate change impacts and resilience on Native American lands.

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