My name is Elizabeth Grisham.
I am a graduate of George Mason University.
In addition to my communication M.A., I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a public relations concentration and an electronic journalism minor (2013). I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in history (2002) and a Master of Arts degree in pre-doctoral American history (2012)–all from Mason. In addition to sustainability, I specialize in writing about epidemics, public health policy and related communication.
Most recently, I wrote my master’s thesis on the topic of church-based HIV/AIDS social support.
I began this blog during the Spring 2013 semester as part of an online journalism class. While other students worked in teams to cover various beats related to Fairfax, Virginia news, I requested to cover sustainability in the city on my own, rather than see the subject go uncovered. I am currently working to adapt this space to fit my evolving professional and academic needs.
Please note that I spent my time in college not only in the classroom, but also in the newsroom of my campus newspaper, Broadside (now Fourth Estate). While there, I served as staff writer, news editor and senior staff writer.
I also wrote the story idea and leadership plan that leaders of Fourth Estate are currently using to guide both news coverage and newsroom operations.
Outside the newsroom, I served as assistant to the adviser of the George Mason University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. There, I helped to re-establish the Mason chapter of SPJ and conducted research on the habits of award-winning college newspaper staffs.
I am a current member of The D.C. Science Writers Association, AAAS, American Chemical Society, Society of Professional Journalists and Virginia Professional Communicators. I also serve as recording secretary for the board of directors of SPJ’s Washington, D.C. Pro chapter.