This week we continue a feature that helps you get to know a little more about our members. Please meet Tania Soussan-Watt.
Who I am and how I got here: I sometimes tell people I’m a reformed newspaper reporter. After working in newsrooms in California and New Mexico for close to 30 years, I traded the daily deadline grind for life as a freelancer. I had a great time at those newspapers, covering everything from feisty planning commission meetings to a gathering of U.S. presidents to the reintroduction of endangered Mexican gray wolves. Most recently, I was on the statewide environment beat for the Albuquerque Journal. But this freelance life suits me.
What exactly I do: I still write and edit newspaper and magazine stories, but I also do other kinds of writing and editing for a variety of clients. Sustainability and environmental issues are my niche. For example, I work on sustainability reports that tell the story of how a company or organization is approaching social and environmental responsibility. Learning about and helping companies tell the stories of the good they are doing is rewarding. I also enjoy working with New Mexico Wild on their newsletter.
Why I do it: I love playing with words. The magic of choosing the right words and putting them in the right order to tell a great story never gets old. I also thrive on getting to know new people and learning new things.
What most people don’t know about me: In my free time, I dabble in stained glass. It requires pure focus that pulls me out of daily life and gets me out of my head. Working with glass also is a completely different way to express my creativity – and the results can be beautiful.