About Me

About Me

Abby and me, 2011

I am a reporter and writer, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, covering the environment, science, and culture, and a correspondent for High Country News. My work has appeared in Audubon, Yale Environment 360, Hakai Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Wired, Scientific American, Slate, Pacific Standard, Orion, Grist, and many other print and digital publications.

Through my work, I have reported across the American West and abroad on communities, rivers, energy, public lands, and wildlife. I have traveled grassland steppes in Colorado and Mongolia; toured coal mines in Wyoming and Germany; stomped along rivers and dams in Nevada and Thailand; walked inside prisons and atop mountain summits; and attended more city council meetings, public hearings, and water and climate policy summits than I care to count.

I am also an environmental communications and journalism instructor at Colorado State University and the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Department of Journalism and Media Communication. I am currently developing an online graduate program in communications for conservation. I also frequently speak with classes and groups at universities and other events on environmental media.

When not afield or in front of a computer, I am an opportunistic traveler with my wife and daughter, a camping fiend, and incorrigible Mets fan.

To contact me, send an email to joshuazaffos [at] yahoo [dot] com, or you can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.