School: University of Missouri - Columbia, 2017
Expertise: Birding, Gardening, Butterflies and Bugs
- Editor, Where the Birds Are, 2007
- Professor, University of Missouri, teaching editing classes 2013-present
- Reynold’s Journalism Institute fellow, 2022-present
Heather Isherwood is a journalism professor at the University of Missouri and a former editor of Birds & Blooms. From 2000-2013, she worked with Birds & Blooms in various roles and was its editor from 2004-2009. She learned much of her bird and gardening knowledge while working with staff experts and through readers’ stories and questions. During that time she also helped launch Birds & Blooms Extra. She’s now part of the Missouri Birding Society and continues to watch and feed birds and tend heat-loving perennials in her Columbia, Missouri, backyard.
Master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia
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