Interlochen Public Radio has announced a new environmental news intern, Cassidy Hough. Houghy is a junior at Michigan State University, double majoring in environment, science and health reporting journalism and environmental studies and sustainability. A recipient of the Michael and Sandra Clark scholarship in environmental journalism, she also received the Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Environmental Journalism.
In an article on the station’s website, Hough was in her sophomore year when she realized that she really enjoyed being a liaison between the science community and the public. She enjoys writing about animal diseases. “There are numerous diseases that are silently wiping out entire species of animals and I think with the proper coverage, the public may be able to help slow the spread or search for solutions (in some cases). I also enjoy stories that localize climate change (e.g. dams flooding/collapsing). I think it’s interesting to think about the environment systematically, and climate change is something that affects most, if not all, items in that system. With that being said, I like searching for the connection between things like loss of shoreline and climate change.”