Frank Graham Jr.
Frank Graham Jr. is a field editor for Audubon. His career with the National Audubon Society began back in 1967 when he was contacted by Charles H. Callison, a top Audubon official who had reviewed his book on water pollution, Disaster by Default, for Audubon and had asked him to write an article on pesticide legislation and regulation in the United States since Rachel Carson’s death. It became a two-part article appearing in the May and July 1967 issues. Out of those articles came Frank’s 1970 book, Since Silent Spring.
He covered air pollution and other pressing subjects for the magazine in 1968, prompting Les Line to appoint him field editor. “It was one of the smartest moves I made in my 25 years as editor,” Line says. “I truly believe he’s been part of a team that has been contributing the best environmental reporting and natural history writing you can find in any magazine in America.” For the past 40 years Frank’s work has spanned the natural globe, bringing to glorious life creatures as small as flies and conservation figures as big as Archie Carr and Mardy Murie. His writing on birds is some of the finest in this magazine’s 109-year history, showing a deep appreciation for detail and a keen sensitivity to their well-being.
His 1977 article on nuclear power won a J.C. Penney-University of Missouri School of Journalism Award. In January 1978, celebrating the magazine’s 80th year of publication, he wrote almost the entire 236-page issue, devoted to a history and celebration of the society’s sanctuary system.
In 1990 A.A. Knopf published The Audubon Ark, Frank’s seminal history of the society and still a bible for anyone who works for or is associated with the organization. For a decade during the 1980s and ’90s, he and his wife, Ada, wrote and edited Audubon Adventures, the society’s newspaper for children. They also wrote 10 children’s books under the Audubon imprint during the late 1970s: four Audubon Primers and six Audubon Readers.