Autumn is an independent journalist and a 2016-17 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She writes about the environment, climate change, sustainability, health and human rights. Her stories, photos, and multimedia projects have appeared in National Geographic News, The Guardian, Scientific American, the Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Climate, Environmental Health News, CNN, and InsideClimate News. Autumn has traveled and reported widely in Latin America, Europe, and the United States.
Autumn previously worked in international education at the University of California and later taught language arts and journalism to high school students on the Navajo Nation as well as at the University of New Mexico. She subsequently served as an editor at Youth Communication, a pioneering non-profit educational publishing company that trains young people in writing and journalism and publishes their stories in two award-winning magazines and a book series focused on social justice and social and emotional learning.
Autumn holds an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, an MA in education from Western New Mexico University and a BA in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, the Society for Environmental Journalists, and the National Association of Science Writers. In addition to the Ted Scripps fellowship, she has been awarded fellowships from the Metcalf Institute for Environmental and Marine Reporting and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. In 2015, Autumn received a grant from the Earth Journalism Network to report on climate migration in Colombia for National Geographic.