Maya Richard-Craven, Editorial Fellow, National Audubon Society
@mrichard_craven on Twitter
How long have you been a journalists? 8 years
What is your beat/focus? Culture
How did you get started in journalism? I wrote an article after a man told me “his dick wasn’t attracted to Black girls.” I wrote an article about it called “You’re Pretty, For A Black Girl.” It won a national award and it took off from there.
Where have you been published? The LA Times, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Insider, British Vogue, ELLE, POPSUGAR, Cosmo, Cosmo UK, Grazia UK, The Huffington Post, Blavity, and The Sentinel.
What is your favorite piece you've written and why? I wrote a piece on Black Birders Week for The LA Times. It was a pleasure to connect with more Black people who love the outdoors.
How did you become an Uproot member? I saw that Paige Curtis was following Uproot on Twitter. I followed her and Uproot, and new I had to get involved!
What's a piece of advice you would give your younger self? I would tell my younger self to practice self-care. It was something I didn’t realize I needed more of as a young adult.
What are you listening to? I am listening to Vegas by Doja Cat, Billie Eilish by Armani White, and anything by Tupac.
Where are you from? I am from Pasadena, CA.
What is your intention with every story? My intention is to tell BIPOC centered stories.
What are you most proud of this year? I am most proud of my article for The Guardian on psychedelics and parenting.
What's your favorite vegetable? My favorite vegetable is the mushroom.
Favorite place you've traveled to? My favorite place I’ve traveled to is Spain.