Dorothy M. Atkins considers herself many things. She's a professional storyteller, a teacher, a life-long learner, a writer, a self-diagnosed neurotic... But above all, she's an old-fashioned gumshoe reporter.
Atkins began her journalism career in 2010 at the Aspen Daily News in Aspen, Colo. Since, her reporting has taken her from a small town in Colorado where a community is fighting oil and gas companies from fracking in their backyard all the way to Miami Beach high-rises, where a corrupt condo association blocked the short sale of a condo. She's written pieces about athletes pushing the boundaries of ski competition, the impacts of failed child welfare policies in Miami and non-citizens fighting eviction in San Francisco's Mission District.
Atkins is currently in the middle of a two-year program at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she produces a weekly new radio show in between teaching undergraduates on the subtleties of the semicolon and the importance of self-editing.
When she's not working a beat, teaching a class or writing on deadline, Atkins can generally be found doing as many awesome outdoor activities as possible — skiing, hiking, running, climbing and — on her more adventurous days — rafting.