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Communications and Outreach
Deborah McKew, M.S.
Deb, writing here at a cafe in Siena, Italy, is charged with telling BRI’s story to the world.

Deborah McKew, M.S.

Communications and Publications Director

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Joining BRI in early 2011 to develop the Institute’s communications program, Deb fully utilizes her skills and expertise as science journalist, editor, desktop publisher, marketing communications specialist, and grammar police. Over the course of her tenure at the wildlife institute, she has written, edited, and produced a wide variety of scientific communications pieces that help elucidate the complex science that ultimately informs those who are charged with the stewardship of our natural environment.

In addition to publishing printed materials and online content, she is responsible for BRI’s public relations program, implementing national and international media campaigns that have resulted in coverage in high-profile outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Audubon Magazine, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, CBS News, and National Public Radio.


  • M.S. Science Journalism, College of Communication, Boston University, 1992
  • B.A. English/Biology, Mount Holyoke College, 1979
  • N.H. Certification in Secondary English Education, Upper Valley Teacher Institute, 2006
  • Williams College–Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, Mystic, CT
  • Trinity College Summer Course in Literature, Oxford, England
  • Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course, Radcliffe College


  • Editor: Loon Landscapes. Summer 2020. Willow Creek Press.
  • Editor: Journey with the Owls. May 2015. Willow Creek Press.
  • Editor: Journey with the Loon. April 2014. Willow Creek Press.
  • Editor: Writing with Class. 2011. Back Channel Press.
  • Editor: Finding the Gray: Understanding and Thriving in the Black and White World of Autism. 2010. Back Channel Press.

BRI Scientific Communications


We translate our scientific findings into succinct, clear language, engaging readers with wildlife photography and infographics that convey complex scientific concepts. Our outreach materials serve as a foundation for press conferences, policy development workshops, legislative hearings, and public events.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Recognition of Excellence Award: English Language, Literature and Composition, Teaching Certification Exam for Secondary English (PRAXIS II)
  • Scripps Howard Journalism Fellowship
  • Bookbuilders of Boston Graduate Scholarship
  • Honoree at American Chemical Society’s Annual Science Writers Conference
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