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Liza Gross is a freelance journalist, senior editor at the journal PLOS Biology, and KQED Science blogger. She writes mostly about wildlife, ecology and environmental health. Her stories—which have taken her to the Pyrenees, the quirky town of Haines, Alaska, and California’s poverty-stricken Central Valley—reflect a lifelong fascination with the natural world and our place in it. She’s written for diverse outlets, including The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, Slate, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post. Her Discover story Face of Hope won the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists NorCal Excellence in Journalism Award and honorable mention for Reporting on a Significant Topic from ASJA. Her story Don't Jump! for Slate won the 2014 ASJA Outstanding Article Award for op-ed.

2 responses to “Taking the Part-Time Plunge”

  1. Anne Sasso

    Great post, Liza. Excellent road map for making the jump. Do you feel more inspired now from mixing in more freelance work? Has this translated into renewed excitement or creativity for your part-time gig? I would expect the benefits to go both ways … and perhaps that’s one way to “sell” this type of move to a boss?

  2. Liza

    Thanks, Anne. Creativity and ideas definitely flow in both directions. People I meet through my writing projects often have ideas of interest to the broader biology community and may end up contributing an essay to the journal, provided my colleagues agree. And staying so close to the latest science keeps me drowning in ideas!

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