Shivani Persaud is a Communications & Graphics Intern with the NASA Office of Communications, pursuing an Interdisciplinary MA at the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF as a Burnett Honors scholar with a Journalism BA in Fall 2021.  

She is an alum of the NPR Next Generation Radio Florida Newsroom Project 2022, which focused on digital and audio journalism for the theme of climate change. She is also the former Managing Editor and a former beat reporter for NSM Today, the student-run digital news outlet at UCF. As Managing Editor she assumed leadership on an ad-hoc basis and coordinated newsroom operations. Her beat reporter responsibilities focused on student government coverage and multimedia coverage of university news.

Shivani was an editorial intern for the Council on Foreign Relationswith responsibilities including editing staged content and analyzing user statistics, culminating in an In Brief published by CFR.

A Queens, NY native, she is the former editor-in-chief of The Phoenix literary-art magazine, which was awarded a Silver Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2019.

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‘They’re like family’: How one researcher is dedicated to preserving manatees

Florida’s manatees experienced a record number of deaths in 2021. Climate change, pollution and other human causes killed more than 1,000 of these gentle giants. Central Florida environmentalist Cora Berchem is on the frontlines of preserving these iconic creatures, keeping close tabs on their numbers and helping to protect them from further habitat loss, displacement and life-threatening weather patterns.