Email: ceciliagracefoster [at] gmail [dot] com
I am endlessly amazed by the world around me. I am particularly interested in the natural world: environmental and climate justice issues, ecosystems, wildlife, etc. Growing up in Salt Lake City, I had countless opportunities to explore: a 20-minute drive up a canyon and I’m in a lush mountain forest, or 3-hours south and I’m in extraordinary red-rock desert. The geographically and ecologically diverse place I was raised allowed to me experience firsthand some of the most majestic landscapes planet Earth has to offer. What I’ve learned in classrooms combined with experience has shaped me to be curiously engaged.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to learn is through the audio medium. I remember the first time I ever went into a sound booth. I participated in BYU’s International Cinema podcast, and sitting there, discussing an environmental documentary on our film list—I fell in love. Fueled with this experience and being brought up with NPR, I quickly downloaded Adobe Audition and started learning the audio basics. I learned from others by reading books like Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel and Sound Reporting by Jonathan Kern and having informational meetings with radio professionals. The more I explore the audio medium, the more I love it.
In my future reporting, I hope to inspire awe of our stunning world. I want my stories to take listeners on a journey, where they are fully immersed in the audio world. I want people to more fully understand the climate justice is social justice. I want listeners to learn, feel, and better appreciate our planet. Because, as Baba Dioum the Senegalese forestry engineer says, “Only what is known is loved, and only what is loved is preserved.”
I graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2021 with a BS in Environmental Science and a minor in Communications. I am currently the social media & podcast intern for the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance.