Editor’s Note: To mark the celebration of Earth Day, join us in celebrating Vitale’s work and all member work that celebrates nature and all things environmental.
For a long time, Ami Vitale’s dream was to be a war correspondent. After graduating with an International Relations degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked as an Editor at the Associated Press and then moved abroad to pursue journalism, eventually becoming a war correspondent during the War in Kosovo. She was on a clear path forward, with hopes of shining a light on human tragedies through her writing and photography. But one phone call changed everything.