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Desert Sketches By Ellen Meloy

Mark Meloy

We recently uncovered a collection of radio essays by the late naturalist and environmentalist Ellen Meloy. So we're reintroducing you to the beauty and wit found in her extraordinary writing. (Rebroadcast)

RadioWest divider.

Ellen Meloy has been called one of the great writers of the American desert. She was a naturalist … deeply curious about the world and our place in it. But there was nothing stuffy about her Pulitzer-prize nominated writing. Meloy was funny, and she used that humor to welcome you into wild places. We’re partnering with Torrey House Press to publish essays she wrote for KUER before her sudden death in 2004, so we’re reintroducing you to the beauty and the wit of Ellen Meloy. (Rebroadcast)

Learn more about Ellen Meloy at The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers.

KUER and Torrey House Press have partnered to publish our collection of radio essays written by Ellen Meloy between 1994 and 1998. It's called Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy. It will be published in April 2019. EXCLUSIVE FOR KUER LISTENERS. For your pledge of $120 - or $10 a month, you can receive an advance copy of the book. Visit us at kuer.org and choose "Ellen Meloy Book" as your thank you gift.

Explore Ellen Meloy's other writing through Indie bookstores or through Amazon


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.