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Dennis Dimick

6a010535f73ca8970c019b00b5077e970d-150wiAs executive editor for the environment at National Geographic magazine, Dimick has a job that thousands of aspiring journalists dream of. His favorite part, he says, is coming up with story ideas—exploring new scientific developments and discoveries that can produce interesting stories. When asked how he chose his field, Dimick says, “Perhaps it chose me. I grew up on a sheep and hay farm in Oregon, my parents were biologists, my grandfather was a doctor who loved photography. All of these influences are combined in what I do today as a journalist who works on environmental issues, trying to make them relevant and animated through visual storytelling.” Dimick, who last year received a WAA Distinguished Alumni Award, remembers his time at CALS as “very empowering.” “It showed me I could rely on my own instincts and initiative to do anything I wanted, if only I set a goal and went after it,” he says.