Shady Grove Oliver (she/her) grew up in Southern California and has been involved in journalism spaces for the last 20 years. Her early love of photography led to projects in photojournalism and ethics. She later spent several years as a public radio reporter, news host and news director (and DJ) in Alaska and five years as the sole reporter at the only local newspaper in the U.S. Arctic. There, she covered everything from oil and gas to whaling, climate change, and MMIWGT2S.
Shady Grove has received multiple science journalism grants and was part of the team to win the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of rural law enforcement in Alaska’s villages. She has a background in narrative medicine, which seeks to make healthcare more ethical and compassionate through storytelling and narrative practice. In her spare time, she hangs out with her dogs and is trying to write a dystopian sci fi murder mystery novel.