Hire Me:

I am a former staff editor for High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the American West, where I edited both news and features. I am available for news and magazine editing, as well as non-journalistic projects, including developmental and copy editing of reports, white papers and academic papers. Please email me for rates and availability: callyc@hcn.org

Editing Clips:

Special Project: State Lands in the American West

In November 2017, I edited a special project for High Country News on the management of state-owned public lands. The push to transfer federal lands to states is gaining traction. To understand the stakes of this debate, we asked: What are states doing with the lands they already control? The stories looked at what happened when the Bakken oil boom knocked at the door of a North Dakota state park; the unevenness of endangered species protections on state and federal land in New Mexico; the cost and tenuous nature of public access to state land; and how states make money off of their lands.

I frequently edit news and analysis for High Country News. See some of my favorites on: Seattle’s Big Dig; Why dangerous places are so appealing to live in; Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber’s fall from grace.

Fallon’s Deadly Legacy

In a small Nevada town once plagued by childhood cancer, some families still search for answers. A High Country News cover story by Sierra Crane-Murdoch. My editor’s note looked at Fallon’s experience in light of the recent chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River.

A groundwater legacy on the rocks

New Mexico has long been a leader in groundwater protection. Is that about to change? An enterprise story for High Country News by Sarah Jane Keller. Called “a sterling example of public service reporting” by the Knight Science Journalism Tracker. 

Beauty or Beast?

Restoration pits beloved — but exotic — eucalyptus trees against California natives. A High Country News cover story by J. Madeleine Nash. My editor’s note touched on a hot debate in ecological restoration over the values and vices of non-native species.