Rachael Bale

Rachael Bale is a senior editor of National Geographic’s animal desk. In that role, she also manages and contributes to Wildlife Watch, a National Geographic Society reporting project that covers wildlife crime and exploitation. Previously, she covered the environment for the Center for Investigative Reporting. She also has worked for KQED, San Francisco’s public radio station, and for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom.

A California native, Bale has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Reed College and a master’s degree in journalism from American University. You can email her securely at rachael.bale@natgeo.com using PGP encryption (key ID: 2D34236E9D4B493B) and verify her identity with PGP fingerprint B03F B785 C581 3774 43E4 6649 2D34 236E 9D4B 493B. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.