Featured journalist: Ramit Plushnick-Masti

Today's featured journalist is Ramit Plushnick-Masti, an environment reporter with the Associated Press. Focusing on the green beat while based in Texas means her portfolio currently runs the gamut from such headlines as "Presence of explosive chemicals often kept secret" to "Texas abortion providers fear major shutdowns." But Plushnick-Masti has covered an even broader medley of other topics, even reporting from Jerusalem for 10 years. There she did everything from traveling with Israeli prime ministers to covering the complex politics of the region. To this day, she reflects, "I was always proud to write about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." And then there were those three years in Pittsburgh!

Still, her career in journalism began with the Daily Collegian, at Penn State University, which was followed by a stint as the Hanover correspondent for the York Dispatch/Sunday News in Pennsylvania. Plushnick-Masti embarked on the path of news, because, she says, "I love it. I love writing. I love asking questions. I love telling a good story, and I think it's crucial to democracy." To her mind, being a journalist "means being a watchdog, fighting for the truth, telling a story, listening and being an advocate for democracy and free speech." Hear, hear.

By the way, her favorite fictional journalist is Lois Lane. And as for her favorite hashtag? Carlos Danger, of course!

Remember: if you also want to be featured here, you should a) set up your own own journalist portfolio and 2) let us know by emailing delia at muckrack dot com.

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