Carol AndersonCarol Anderson is Colorado Press Women’s 2016 Communicator of Achievement.

Her career demonstrates, yet again, that a journalism degree can take its holder into wide-ranging professional realms.

Much of Anderson’s career has focused on involving more people in local and regional issues that affect them. She has been a firm believer in encouraging diverse people to work together and in facilitating cordial and fruitful meetings.

Anderson has been the public involvement manager for URS, an engineering, design and construction company, juggling the communications and involvement facets of multiple projects at once.

She was the public involvement director for EDAW, a landscape architecture and planning firm, leading a team of people for the public involvement phases of two environmental impact statements for large utility projects.

Since 2009 she has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a reviewer for projects under the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA.

As president of Colorado Press Women from 2012-14, Anderson led members in a reimagining of the organization. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. During her college years, she was editor-in-chief and managing editor of The Coloradan (the yearbook) and copy editor of The Colorado Daily (the newspaper). Later she earned a master’s degree from the University of Denver in environmental policy and management.