Resume

Brian Clark Howard

EXPERIENCE

National Geographic (Washington, DC) | Writer, Editor, Producer | Sept. 2011—Present

Award-winning website of the National Geographic Society, a multimedia scientific and educational organization. Averages about 30 million monthly unique visitors.

  • Report, write, edit and produce multimedia content on a broad range of topics, especially science, environment, energy, space, geology, culture, travel and news.
  • Manage blogs, social media accounts, content partnerships and branded microsites.

 

MailOnline.com (The Daily Mail) (New York, NY) | Online Journalist | Mar. 2011—Aug. 2011

U.S. web bureau of The Daily Mail, a major British daily newspaper, then ranked as world’s second biggest news website.

  • Reported, wrote and posted daily news stories in fast-paced environment.
  • Covered business, politics, science, health, environment, culture and entertainment.

 

The Daily Green (Hearst Corp) (New York, NY) | Web Editor | June 2007—Feb. 2011

MIN (Media Industry News) and Best of Green (TreeHugger) award-winning web magazine on eco-friendly lifestyles, averaged 1 million monthly unique visitors.

  • Wrote, edited and produced some of Hearst’s most successful online content, including features, blogs, slideshows, infographics, video and other creative methods of storytelling.
  • Co-published with Yahoo!, MSN, Huffington Post and AOL.
  • Led brand to 11,000 Facebook fans, 20,000 Twitter followers, high social news traffic.
  • Managed, edited and copyedited freelancers and interns.

 

Book Author

  • Honed reporting skills by co-writing five books on green energy and living, some of which are taught by college professors. Co-wrote a humor book for fun.
  • Co-wrote Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater (Running Press 2012), Build Your Own Small Wind Power System (McGraw-Hill 2012), Green Lighting (McGraw 2011), Geothermal HVAC (McGraw 2011), The Whole Green Catalog (Rodale 2009), Green Living (Plume 2005).

 

Freelance Writer | 2001—Present 

  • Contribute to many publications, including Popular Science, TheAtlantic.com, FastCompany.com, Men’s Health, PopularMechanics.com, Pacific Standard, Huffington Post,   Home Power Magazine.
  • Work syndicated by the San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Boulder Daily Camera, Houston Chronicle.

 

Social Media Consultant (New York, NY) | 2007—Present

  • Advise brands on how to build online communities through sites like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and Reddit.
  • Advised creative agency PSFK (New York) and their client Apple on social platforms.
  • While at Hearst, led significant improvements in traffic and engagement at Popular Mechanics, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Delish.com (MSN’s food site).

 

E/The Environmental Magazine and Emagazine.com (Norwalk, CT) | Managing Editor | Jan. 2001— Aug. 2006

America’s oldest, largest independent environmental magazine (more than 200,000 readers).

  • Created multimedia content—including 8,000-word cover stories, blogs, newsletters, photos and audio.
  • Copyedited and proofread each bimonthly issue; oversaw production schedule and managed contributors.
  • Wrote and managed grants; represented the magazine at conferences and on TV and radio.

 

EDUCATION

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (New York, NY) | M.S. Journalism (2007) 

  • New Media concentration; Class honors: “Critical Issues in Journalism,” “Online News”
  • Masters thesis in New Media on Native Americans in New York City (Honors).

Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) | B.S. Geology (2000) + B.A. Biology (2002)

  • Minors: Art History, Germanic Studies, Western European Studies.
  • Honors Division and Chancellor’s Scholarships, Golden Key National Honor Society and Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
  • Researched avian ecology and Ordovician fossils in southern Indiana.

 

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

National Geographic Staff Geography Bee |Champion (2014) |7th Place (2013)

  • Won first place in a live “spelling bee”-style geography competition hosted by Soledad O’Brien (2014) and Alex Trebek (2013).

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-Depth Reporting, Large Market | Honorable Mention | Society of Environmental Journalists (2013) 

  • Contributed reporting and editing to National Geographic online feature package “Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater.”

Reuters-IUCN (World Conservation Union) Environmental Media Awards |Finalist (2003)

  • Wrote E Magazine cover story “Message in a Bottle” on bottled water and the environment, which was widely reprinted and resulted in many media appearances.

Media Appearances 

  • Appeared on numerous media, including NPR (Living on Earth, Here & Now), ABC News Now, AFP, Global National (Canada), Wisconsin Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, Tom Hartmann, Voice of Russia, Enviro Close-up.
  • Interviewed by many print and web outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Arizona Republic, McClatchy, Smart Money, Reader’s Digest, MNN.

Eagle Scout | Boy Scouts of America

 

 

SKILLS

Highly proficient in writing, editing and producing outstanding editorial content across platforms, as well as developing content strategy. Experienced leader of teams and projects; completed management training. Highly effective in SEO and social media, especially on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and StumbleUpon. Skilled in video shooting and editing (Final Cut Pro); digital photography (Adobe Photoshop); website production (Dreamweaver, Arial newsletter software, basic HTML, various Content Management Systems including Django, WordPress, Moveable Type, Magnus, Mailonline.com, Blogger and Tumblr). Proficient in web-analytics programs including Omniture and Google Analytics. Completed two sessions of professional media training.

 

2 Responses to Resume

  1. Charlotte Hsu says:

    Dear Mr. Howard,

    Sorry to bother you.

    I saw you had covered the possibility of a dry Niagara Falls for National Geographic, and wanted to pass along this along in case it would be helpful in your future reporting: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2016/02/010.html.

    Marcus Bursik, our chair of geology, has some interesting things to say about the research opportunities that a dry Niagara Falls could pose for geologists. He has studied Niagara Falls before, and says that shutting part of them off would create a rare opportunity for geologists to study how waterfalls erode land and carve canyons.

    As Marcus explains, “You could make a very detailed map of what the topography of the rock face looks like beneath the falls using drones equipped with laser-mapping technology. You could then compare it to what the rock face looked like in 1969, the last time this part of the falls was dry.”

    I’d be more than happy to assist if you’d ever like to get in touch w/ him.

    Thanks for considering this!

    Charlotte Hsu
    716.645.4655 (o)
    510.388.1831 (c)
    @UBScience (t)

  2. Joan says:

    BCH, I read your July 2016 article about 50M trees planted in India in one day. I am alarmed by the one photo: I believe they are planting eucalyptus trees (which I also saw happening in Africa when I visited there recently). I live in San Francisco, where these trees are invasive and creating a monoculture. I’m deeply concerned that they’re replacing one problem with another. Can you raise awareness on this, and also alert the organizers of these events?

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