In her first article with The Washington Post, Haley Okun ’18 writes about the heat domes that have led to record temperatures in Europe and North America this summer. A student and research assistant at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Okun works as a freelance reporter with the Capital Weather Gang from the Post.
Okun credits her adviser, Associate Professor of Geoscience Nick Metz, with leading her to the job posting at The Washington Post. She notes she used writing samples from classes she took at HWS to land the position.
“Jason Samenow, the journalist I work for at The Post, was impressed with my writing and with all the classroom activities that I’d done: weather discussions, presentations, being a writing fellow,” Okun says. “The combination of my work with the Geoscience, English and the Writing and Rhetoric Departments served as perfect training for being a meteorology journalist.”
Graduating cum laude and majoring in geoscience with double minors in English, math, and writing colleagues, Okun was a Dean’s list student, a Writing Fellow, and All-American and All-Academic member of the HWS sailing team. While working with the Geoscience Department, Okun presented a paper at the 98th American Meteorological Society in 2018 based on her research: “Trends of Extreme Wind Chill Temperature across Canada and the United States.”