Anne Minard is a long-time freelance journalist in the Four Corners area who is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1995) and a master’s degree, also in biology, from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff (2000). She began her career as a science and environmental reporter for newspapers, and her early writing won awards from the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editor’s Association (APME) and the Arizona Press Club, among other organizations. As a freelance journalist, Anne has written stories for Indian Country Today, the Four Corners Free Press out of Cortez, Colo., National Geographic News, the New York Times and many other outlets. In the past decade, her work has followed a dynamic trajectory from biology to astronomy and then back down to Earth again; she has now returned to her original passion for environmental issues and added a new focus on Native American tribes. She plans to specialize in tribal and natural resources law at UNM.
Her first book, Pluto and Beyond, was published in 2007, and she has been a contributing author on several more. In May 2010 she completed a year-long Ted Scripps Fellowship for Environmental Journalism, at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
When she’s not writing, Anne swims, runs and maintains an on again/off again relationship with rock climbing. She loves animals (particularly her dogs, Cedar and Savvy), reading and word games – especially Scrabble. Compelled frequently by wanderlust, Anne takes road trips whenever possible to chase stories, explore the backcountry or visit her family in the South.