Austin, Phyllis (1941 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Phyllis Austin, an award-winning journalist, was born on 14 Nov. 1941, Austin is a Brunswick resident, and a 1964 graduate of Meredith College, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She moved to Maine in 1969 as an Associate Press reporter. Her reporting focused on Maine state government and New England-wide environmental topics. She is highly regarded for her in-depth investigative articles on Maine forest practices and other environmental issues.

Austin is the recipient of a 1986 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship and two Stanford University John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists. In addition, she received a Japan Press Association Fellowship. In 1989, the Natural Resources Council of Maine presented her with its Maine Conservation Award. Other awards include the University of Southern Maine's 2000 Distinguished Service Award and the 2001 Maryann Hartman Award from Maine Women in the Curriculum and Women's Studies Program, University of Maine.

Selected Bibliography

  • On wilderness: voices from Maine (2003) editor
  • Wilderness partners: Buzz Caverly and Baxter State Park (2008)