Julie Grant is an independent journalist specializing in the environment-science beat. She spent most of her career reporting and producing public radio pieces, including four years covering agriculture, food, and consumer safety for The Environment Report, a national program distributed to public radio stations.
Julie worked for 13 years as a station-based public radio reporter, host and news director. In that time, she was named best reporter in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists, and won National Clarion and Public Radio News Director, Inc. awards.
Julie has produced pieces for NPR programs including Morning Edition, Living on Earth, The Splendid Table and Studio 360. She also worked on a Master's at Kent State University combining studies in biology, land use, and ethics.
Julie moved to Kent ten years ago and has found a real connection with the people here. She is excited to focus on local environmental issues, and in her column for Patch.com she intends to discuss topics as wide-ranging as school nutrition, new hiking trails, and city environmental policies.
Julie lives at the former residence of well-known Kent land preservationist Arthur Herrick, who planted a huge variety of native Ohio trees and shrubs. She is working with neighbors and the Roosevelt High School Urban Forestry Club to maintain Dr. Herrick's vision for the property.