Becky W. Evans: Then and Now
Then, I was a staff reporter covering commercial fisheries legislation, Superfund sites, climate change impacts, and immigration policy for The Standard-Times, an award-winning community newspaper in New Bedford, Massachusetts. My favorite reporting projects included trawling Georges Bank aboard an 88-foot groundfishing vessel, traveling to Guatemala to interview deported immigrants from a federal raid at a New Bedford garment factory, and tracing the toxic legacy of a former PCB dump site at New Bedford High School.
Now, I’m a writer, educator, and ESOL teacher. You may find me educating young adults about Boston’s growing food justice movement (Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer Program), teaching English to adult immigrants in Cambridge (Community Learning Center), instructing international graduate students in media writing techniques (Boston University College of Communication) or leading workshops in storytelling and environmental journalism (The Eco-Stewards Program). I hold an MS in Journalism from BU College of Communication and an MA in TESOL/Higher Education from BU School of Education.
My writing has appeared in The Standard-Times, Cape Cod Times, Boston Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dayton Daily News, Austin American-Statesman, National Fisherman Magazine, Boston Magazine, Inc. Magazine and Harvard Business School case studies.
I launched ThreeBeats news blog in 2009 after leaving my post as a Staff Writer at The Standard-Times in New Bedford. For six years, I covered three beats– commercial fishing, environment and immigration– in this storied city (think Moby Dick) on Massachusetts’ southern coast. Creating this news blog was more than a tribute to my beloved beats; it was a promise to continue reporting on these important subjects and their occasional intersection. And for five years, I faithfully followed these beats while fashioning a new career in Boston’s higher education scene. As the blog archives show, I explored the ecosystems of Ecuador, chased oil spills in Louisiana, and reported on ICE detainees and marathon bombings in Boston.
And now? I’m exploring the genre of nature essay writing while always keeping an eye on these three beats. I hope to return to the newsroom of the future. Until then, I’m experimenting with other creative writing forms and some nature photography.