photo: Theo Allofs
Photo Director Children’s Publications
National Wildlife Federation
Susan McElhinney is the Director of Photography for Children’s Publications of the National Wildlife Federation. As such, she photo edits Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard and Wild Animal Baby. As a professional photographer for 25 yrs. she rarely photographed a bird or plant, except when she did a book for National Geographic Young Explores on how to help wildlife. Rather, her focus was heads of state, Congress and other political happenings in the world. She did this as a staff photographer for Newsweek Magazine in the Washington DC bureau through the Carter and Reagan years. For many years hence she freelanced for corporate clients, People, Life, Parenting, Fortune, and National Geographic pubs among others. Later, in an effort to stay closer to home, she began part-time editing with NGS on their kids magazine World. In 2001 she moved over to RR, YBB and WAB and enjoys the daily challenge to entertain with nature stories, teach about plants and animals, encourage kids to get out each day to experience nature and bring wildlife news to two million kids each month.