NET NEBRASKA

In 2017, while working at NET Nebraska (the statewide PBS/NPR station) I created The PlainStory, a podcast exploring the people, places, culture, history and life in the Heartland. Stories ranged from revived local theaters to archeological digs to Nebraska's unique habitats to the state's deep roots of agriculture and storytelling. Listen to a sample episode below, and find the full series here. This podcast took second place in the 2017 PRNDI Awards.


While working on the Platte Basin Timelapse project, I led the creation of two in-depth, multimedia projects exploring a major watershed in the Great Plains, the Platte River. I served as reporter, writer, editor and project manager of both projects linked below.

PLATTE BASIN TIMELAPSE

This interactive, three-chapter multimedia piece follows the journey of a snowflake from the high reaches of the Colorado Rockies through Wyoming’s network of dams and reservoirs to irrigated fields in western Nebraska.

PLATTE BASIN TIMELAPSE

This interactive multimedia piece explores the evolution of land use, human history, endangered species management and conservation work along Nebraska's central Platte Valley. It contains more than a dozen stories including maps, photos, audio, videos, and interactives.


 (Photo by Michael Forsberg)

(Photo by Michael Forsberg)

VOICES OF THE PLATTE

NET NEBRASKA/PLATTE BASIN TIMELAPSE

We all live in a watershed, a region defined by water. This unifies us more than we may realize. In 2015, I created this series in collaboration with Platte Basin Timelapse and NET Radio’s Humanities Desk to look closely at how water shapes landscapes and lives on the Great Plains through the voices of people who live here. These audio essays were broadcast on NET Radio and published on the Platte Basin Timelapse project website.

Read excerpts from the essays below. Find the entire series here.


 
Some people think that Nebraska is a tough state to be doing climate work in, and I think it’s a really great place to be doing climate work because people care so deeply about the health of the natural world here.
— Kim Morrow, climate change faith leader
When you’re participating in these sacred ceremonies...You realize just how important water is. That’s what it was like for me. And I realized, from this point on I’m going to interact with water as a sacred entity.
— Renee Sans Souci, teaching artist
I think that if we had known what we were doing 40 or 50 years ago would have an impact on somebody else’s drinking water, I think we would have done things different. But it is what it is. So what can we do now to prevent our use for food production or industrial or power generation from impacting somebody else’s use?
— Dan Snow, water scientist
The Platte River for me has always been a place of wonder….I seem to belong there. But it is a place of wonder only if you have the eyes to see it and take the time to look at it.
— Don Welch, Nebraska poet
Water is used for many, many aspects of life...people care greatly about water. It’s valuable not only because you need it to drink or to grow crops, but it’s their lifestyle they’re fighting for in many situations. Without that water, they don’t have a farm.
— Ann Bleed, policy maker
It’s always been a dream of ours to own a piece of river land, to ensure that our kids will always have a place to hunt and fish and enjoy the outdoors and just be free along the river.
— Chad Gideon, hunter and farmer