Terri Hansen hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived in several beautiful locations, including an island, a rainforest, and the coast in western Washington, and in Oregon’s Mt. Hood wilderness and the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon’s High Desert country. Today she is back in the city again longing for old growth trees.
Terri’s mother was born on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in Winnebago, Nebraska. Her grandmother was born in Black River Falls, Wisconsin as a HoChunk tribal member. Her grandfather was Cherokee, born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Terri is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
Terri has covered all aspects of national environmental and tribal issues in Indian country since 1993. She has reported the effects of climate change on tribal nations and communities since 2008, and began reporting Indigenous Peoples and international climate agreements at the UN Climate Summits in 2009.
Terri has been a correspondent for the Indian Country Media Network since 2008, when it was called Indian Country Today. Her reporting has appeared in High Country News, Earth Island Journal, YES! Magazine, and online. She maintains a blog at Mother Earth Journal.
She was a Diverse Scholar Fellow of the National Association of Science Writers in 2014. She was a 2010 Climate Media Fellow of the Earth Journalism Network that awarded travel and expenses to the COP16 UN Climate Summit in Cancun, Mexico. She received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation in 2009, and 2009 and 2010 fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She received funding from the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples in 2009 to report the COP15 UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was a 2008 Project Word journalism grant recipient. In 1994, she was awarded a fellowship from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Terri is grateful to have had her work honored by the Native American Journalists Association eight times since 1997. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, the Earth Journalism Network, and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
She is on the board of Wisdom of the Elders, a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon that produces environmental, climate, and traditional knowledge documentaries; television and radio programs featuring Native elders; educational curriculums for Native students; Native storytelling festivals; a Native prison project, along with other community programs.
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