Florence Williams

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Hometown

New York, NY

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Hometown

New York, NY

Ambassador

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Florence Williams, who grew up in the heart of Manhattan, might seem at first glance like an unlikely outdoors advocate. But she spent every summer running rivers in the wilderness with her dad, living out of tents and their funky late-1970s Dodge van. She started her journalism career in western Colorado, covering the environment at High Country News and then as a contributing editor for Outside Magazine. Always interested in the hidden connections between people and nature, her books, podcasts, and articles focus on human health, emotional well-being, planetary health and environmental justice, and the ways all those things intersect. These days, from her base in Washington, D.C., Florence is most passionate about connecting people,  especially those who live in cities, to nature, in whatever forms that might take. Real people. Access. Nature everywhere. Most recently the author of The Nature Fix: How Being in Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, she is a fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature.

Achievements

  • Two-time Gracie Award winner for her audio series, Breasts Unbound (2017) and The 3-Day Effect (2019)
  • Winner, Lowell Thomas Award for travel reporting, 2019.
  • Winner, Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology, 2013
  • Mom of two nature-loving teenagers who are also nice people
  • Board Member, High Country News and the Ted Scripps Fellowships, Center for Environmental Journalism.
  • Featured in the Women’s Wisdom Project, 100 inspiring women, by artist Anna Brones - https://annabrones.com/womens-wisdom-project/

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