Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects. A 30-year veteran of the Society, Kathy has produced feature stories about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems since 1990, and she has edited more than 200 stories for the magazine. Her recent projects include Nick Nichols’ “Giant Sequoias” and Tim Laman’s “Birds of Paradise,” both for the December 2012 issue. Kathy also managed the Africa Megatransect project, an award-winning National Geographic-Wildlife Conservation Society collaboration between photographer Nick Nichols and Society Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay. The resulting stories led to the creation of Gabon’s national park system and protection of more than ten percent of that county’s land. Moran has also edited several books for the Geographic, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, and Cat Shots.
Kathy was named Picture Editor of the Year for her winning portfolio in the 2006 Pictures of the Year competition, and again in 2011 in the National Press Photographer’s Association’s Best of Photojournalism competition. She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation photographers and serves on its Executive Committee.