Daniel McGlynn

Daniel McGlynn

I’ve written for Estuary News for a little more than a decade. I always liked the opportunity to write about stories close to home—and particularly about the Richmond shoreline. In many ways, covering water and science issues for Estuary News has made me slow down and look at local issues differently. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to call experts, attend special meetings, and cultivate sources over the span of years. It made me understand that building new infrastructure—even if it’s something as simple as cutting some curbs to let stormwater enter a rain garden—can be complex. Reporting on local environmental issues has made me realize there are a lot of people working behind the scenes to make our community stronger and more resilient for both the short term (creating green jobs, for example) and the long term (planning for sea level rise that will take generations to unfold). It’s been inspiring to report from Richmond over the years. At the same time, writing for Estuary News has also given me the opportunity to get to know California better. I have memories of seeing endless strawberry fields while reporting from the Pajaro Valley, and of watching daybreak on a bank of the Sacramento River.

— Daniel McGlynn

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Daniel McGlynn worked as an itinerant naturalist, trip leader, and wilderness guide before serving as an environmental educator with the Peace Corps in rural Nicaragua. Realizing that storytelling is a great educational tool, and productive way to inspire understanding and change, he then turned his attention to science and environmental writing. He is an alum of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and his work has appeared in a handful of national publications. He frequently writes about infrastructure projects and restoration work for Estuary News. Connect with him at danielmcglynn.com.

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