CD Davidson-Hiers is a native Floridian who grew up on a 40-acre horse farm in North Florida and serves as Vice President of the Sunshine State Biodiversity Group. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Nation, The Bitter Southerner, Flamingo Magazine, WFSU Radio and others. She worked previously as a local reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat, and USAToday. Currently, Davidson-Hiers spearheads the Education Writers Association’s membership outreach while providing training, resources, and professional recognition for its journalist members. She served as the 2021-22 VP of programs for the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University, with degrees in Creative Writing and French, and is currently working on a nonfiction master’s degree. Davidson-Hiers’ reporting on the US Covid-19 vaccine rollout received recognition from NPR, The Washington Post, Soledad O’Brien, and other national news outlets. In 2020, Davidson-Hiers founded the Florida Student News Watch, which she describes as “a network of Florida journalism that emboldens and trains college-age writers to engage with the important issues facing Florida.” She will be moderating and participating in the Sunshine State Biodiversity Group’s environmental conversation with Amy Brady and Alexandra Kleeman at Word of South.