Why it’s important to tell stories that inspire action, not despair

Leaving after eight years at National Geographic, the editor in chief reflects on the challenges of covering climate change and other crucial issues.

Dear reader,

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to make a difference, to help make the world a better place. It’s why I became a journalist 42 years ago and why I came to National Geographic.

This is my last letter to you as editor in chief. I’m deeply grateful to have spent eight years working with some of the world’s best journalists—dedicated professionals who’ve received 10 National Magazine Awards, three Pulitzer Prize finalist nominations, two Webby Media Company of the Year honors, and hundreds of other accolades during my time as editor.

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