Jane Kay is a career journalist specializing in enterprise and investigative stories on the environment, most recently contributing to National Geographic. She was one of the country’s early newspaper environmental beat reporters at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, and then worked at the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle.
As an adjunct professor at University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, she taught for nine years, and then directed its Environmental Journalism Program for four years. She also taught feature writing at the University of Arizona School of Journalism from which she graduated.
She has reported extensively on global warming, toxics in the environment and consumer products and the health of wildlife and ecosystems. Her stories have taken her to the Arctic, Alaska's Prince William Sound and Bristol Bay, the Amazon, Navajo lands, the U.S.-Mexico border, Baja California and the Gulf of Mexico.
Jane Kay has won national awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Public Service Award, the National Press Club's Robert L. Kozik Environmental Award and twice Scripps Howard Foundation's Edward J. Meeman Award. In 2007, she won the Society of Environmental Journalists' prize for best beat reporting.