Beth Judy

Beth Judy has written, voiced, and produced The Plant Detective since 1995. Other radio work has included pieces for High Plains News and National Native News, the short-format shows Etymological Dig and Spice Chest, and coproducing Storylines Northwest, a live two-hour program on American northwestern literature. She credits WORD, the Womens' Opportunity and Resource Development Center in Missoula, with teaching her radio skills through her work since 1994 on the women's show In Other Words. Judy graduated from Harvard College in 1983, then moved to Atlanta to write training at the Centers for Disease Control. In Atlanta she also went into freelance publication services work, specializing in the arts and in translating scientific lingo for a lay audience. For Printed Matter Publishing Company, she was an editor of Contraceptive Technology 1988-1989. Judy moved to Montana in 1992 for an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction, 1995) from the University of Montana. Today, in addition to her work on The Plant Detective, she freelance writes about anything from historic mansions to morel mushrooms. She recently published Medicinal Plants of North America: A Flora Delaterre Coloring Book (art by DD Dowden) to share some of the neat things she learns in her work with kids. Judy loves her home community of Missoula and her state, Montana.