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David Braun is a 17-year veteran of National Geographic, currently serving as a senior digital editor developing stories focused on Nat Geo mission programs. He also directs his popular National Geographic News Watch blog, including a companion blog to Tales of the Weird, a bestseller book he edited for National Geographic in 2012.

David's 40-year journalism career in the U.S., UK, and South Africa gives him global perspective and experience across the media landscape. He's covered Congress, the White House, international legislatures, and the United Nations, and been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, AP, UPI, National Geographic, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and the Johannesburg Star.

Assignments in more than 60 countries included traveling with Nelson Mandela in North America and Bill Clinton in Africa, and covering political negotiations hosted by Fidel Castro in Havana. As a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and media representative to the Committee for Research and Exploration, David has accompanied Nat Geo explorers and scientists to 69 field sites in 14 countries. He has been a featured lecturer on National Geographic Expeditions to Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Galapagos.

David has served as a member/executive of journalist guilds, press clubs, editorial committee of Online Publishers Association and other professional groups. He was a WMA Magazine of the Year Awards judge (2010-2012). He has more than 120,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Counting Tigers by Their Stripes

Tigers are secretive by nature, making it difficult to estimate their populations in the wild. But Dr. K. Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society employs an ingenious solution: he uses remote “camera traps” to photograph unsuspecting tigers and identifies them later by their unique stripe patterns. As a result, he has helped develop a more reliable way to count — and protect — tigers in India’s Western Ghats.

Bernando LaPallo and the Recipe for a Long Life

Bernando Lapallo plans to celebrate his 113th birthday this year. The supercentenarian resident of Arizona lives to inspire people everywhere that they too can grow old, even very old, if only they live clean and healthy lives. “Bernando continues to shop for himself, cook, bathe, shave without any assistance from anyone to help him in…

For the Love of Elephants

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and other advocates for wild elephants will take part in a panel discussion in New York City this evening about the extinction crisis facing the world’s largest land mammal. Presented by ABC Home and National Geographic, “For the Love of Elephants: Protecting the Endangered African Elephant by…

Blue Ribbon Panel Named for Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society announced today the members of the Blue Ribbon Panel who will nominate top candidates for the inaugural Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Recipients will be chosen through a multi-tiered, merit-based selection process beginning with reviews by U.S. and foreign academic leaders and area experts, the…

Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows Will Shine Spotlight on Critical World Issues

The Department of State and National Geographic share a common interest in ensuring that individuals throughout the world have access to information that serves to break down barriers between people, said Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan in her remarks at the official signing event of the new Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. The inaugural fellows will “will shine a spotlight on critical world issues that serve as the themes of this year’s Digital Storytelling program: Biodiversity, Cities, Cultures, Disasters, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water.”

Very Rare Amur Leopard Breeding in China, Video Trap Finds

Camera traps in the Wangqing Nature Reserve in northeast China recorded footage of a female Amur leopard with two cubs, marking the first record of breeding by this critically endangered cat in China, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) confirmed today.

High Moon Over the Amazon: The Quest for the Monkeys of the Night

In “High Moon Over the Amazon”, a book about the dawn of her career as one of the world’s most distinguished primatologists, Patricia Chapple Wright recounts her pioneering research to study wild nocturnal monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon. It’s a page-turner of a yarn, in which Wright recalls stumbling around in total darkness, trying to follow the owl monkeys (Aotus) moving through the trees high in the canopy above her. The story is not only about how she came to discover the secrets of the world’s only night monkeys, but also the terrors of working in the jungle, including a face-to-face encounter with a jaguar, evading a large snake dangling from branches above her, and watching helplessly as a swarm of army ants swept into her encampment’s provision stores to devour supplies meant to support the scientists for months.

Elephant Crisis: An International March, As Warning and Call to Action

Elephants have captured the imagination of individuals across the world. Majestic beings, they have enthralled even those who may never have enjoyed close contact with them. It’s this empathy that has led thousands of people worldwide today to join the International March for Elephants organized by iworry, a campaign by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to sound the warning that the future survival of elephants is in serious jeopardy. By Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the conservation charity.

The Future of Africa’s Elephants: Out with Arguments Old, In with Choices Bold

The idea that we can save elephants by selling their teeth is a flawed vision that will accelerate elephants down their current road toward near extinction, write Katarzyna Nowak and Trevor Jones, directors of the Udzungwa Elephant Project in southern Tanzania. “Elephants could be secure again, and recovering—but only if we can overcome our greed for their teeth.”

Global Partnership Formed to Save Elephants in Key Protected Areas

Leading conservation organizations joined six African countries today in a commitment to protect wild elephants in their last strongholds, reduce wildlife trafficking, and dampen consumer demand for ivory. The commitment is supported with a U.S.$80-million action plan to strengthen security for elephants in their range while investing more in intelligence networks, customs inspections, and consumer…

Opinion: How China Could Decide the Future of Africa’s Elephants

By John Frederick Walker The Chinese have always been clever with ivory. Qing Dynasty craftsmen labored obsessively over “devil’s-work balls,” arresting carvings of concentric spheres nested inside one another, all coaxed out of a single piece of elephant tusk with infinite patience and incessant, tiny strokes of their scraping tools. These ivory wonders mystified visiting…

Gary Knell Tapped to Lead National Geographic Society

National Geographic today named Gary E. Knell president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Outgoing CEO John Fahey will continue as chairman of the National Geographic Board of Trustees. Knell has served as president and CEO of National Public Radio, one of the country’s most influential news organizations, since December 2011.

Hundreds of Panther Sightings Reported in Florida

Hundreds of sightings of panthers roaming wild in Florida have been reported by the public to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website launched a year ago.

Barro Colorado, Island of Magic Diversity in the Middle of Panama Canal

National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler shares pictures and thoughts about the marvelous diversity of Barro Colorado, a tropical island sanctuary in the middle of one of the world’s most famous and busy waterways. The award-winning photographer has updated “A Magic Web,” a large-format picture book about the island and its thousands of species.

Save Snapshot Serengeti: How you can Help

Here’s how to help keep the cameras running in the Snapshot Serengeti camera trap program.