Michael Pollan is a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism.

Cecilia Vaisman, our beloved colleague and friend, died on September 27, 2015. In addition to serving as a senior producer for Homelands, she was associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and a mentor and inspiration to many.

Ruxandra Guidi has been telling nonfiction stories for more than two decades. Her reporting for public radio and podcasts, magazines, and various multimedia outlets has taken her throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region.

María Blanco is Vice President for Civic Engagement at the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles.

Roberto (Bear) Guerra is a photographer whose work addresses globalization, development, and social and environmental justice issues. His photo essays and images have been published and exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. In 2019, he was named photo editor of High Country News.

Alan Weisman has worked on seven continents, in the Caribbean and Oceania, and in more than 60 countries. The author of six books, his next, Hope Dies Last, will be a spring 2025 release from Dutton/Penguin Random House.

Jonathan Miller’s work as a reporter, writer, editor, radio and television producer, podcaster, communications specialist, human rights advocate, and project leader has taken him to more than 20 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. He joined Homelands Productions in 2001 and has been executive director since 2006.