Team 1 Student

Nicky Ouellet

Photo by Sarah Chaput de Saintonge

After growing up in New Hampshire and going to college in Ohio, Ouellet taught English in Russia and on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Her travels across landscapes and cultures instilled her with the drive to tell stories about the myriad of ways humans affect their environments, and vice versa.

Now in her second year of the MA in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism program, Ouellet’s professional portfolio looks at Native American tribes managing natural resources. She said, “For them, management is an expression of nationhood. And I’m really interested in seeing how that mindset either applies or doesn’t apply to people who rely on forest products for their livelihoods.”

“The Crown Fellowship means I get to spend time with a mycologist chasing down people in the forest and speak with them about what this really unique place means,” she said. “It's almost an excuse to go camping, learn about the ecology and economy of mushrooms and meet really interesting people - all to produce some great radio that will hopefully connect listeners with a place I love so much.”

Ouellet’s history of radio work includes reading the news on KBGA and working on the station’s Word of Mouth program for a year. She won Best in Festival in the student news competition for the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts, for her radio story, “An ‘80s Cover Band With Global Dreams.” Her Crown story, "Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground," ran on NPR's Morning Edition.