Washington Post environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin delves into how humans have viewed sharks throughout history to explain why they are among the planet's most awe-inspiring creatures.
A born-and-bred Washington, Juliet Eilperin graduated in 1992 magna cum
laude from Princeton University, where she received a bachelor’s in
Politics with a certificate in Latin American Studies. In the fall of
1992 she went to Seoul, South Korea on a Luce Scholarship, which allowed
her to cover politics and economics for an English-language magazine.
Returning to Washington, Ms. Eilperin wrote for Louisiana and Florida
papers at States News Service and then joined Roll Call newspaper after
the Republicans seized Congress in 1994. In March 1998 she joined The
Washington Post as its House of Representatives reporter, where she
covered the impeachment of Bill Clinton, lobbying, legislation, and four
national congressional campaigns.
Since April of 2004 she has covered the environment for the national
desk, reporting on science, policy and politics in areas including
climate change, oceans, and air quality. In pursuit of these stories she
has gone scuba diving with sharks in the Bahamas, trekking on the
Arctic tundra, and searching on her hands and knees for rare insects in
the caves of Tennessee.
During her first year at the Post Ms. Eilperin was the most prolific
writer on the news staff, writing more than 200 stories. In the spring
of 2005 she served as the McGraw Professor of Journalism at Princeton
University, teaching political reporting to a group of undergraduate and