Debbie Salamone joined Pew in 2009 as a communications officer focused on ending overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the South Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. A shark attack survivor, she also works to protect these animals and has recruited other survivors to join Pew’s efforts to reverse the decline of these top ocean predators and end the practice of shark finning.
Salamone previously worked as an investigative reporter and editor for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper in Florida. She won national, state and regional awards, including the prestigious George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting for a 12-part series on Florida’s water crisis. She has served as a lecturer on environmental and investigative journalism in China, Africa, Brazil and the United States. Salamone completed ocean study fellowships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University Of Rhode Island Graduate School Of Oceanography.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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In special commentary for DiscoveryNews, Pew's Debbie Salamone discusses the importance of shark sanctuaries to the species and to a country's economy. More
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In special commentary for DiscoveryNews, Pew communications manager Debbie Salamone discusses the lasting effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on fisheries and fishermen. More