Morgan Spiehs

Morgan, the daughter of Platte Valley farmers, grew up near the town of Cairo, Nebraska. Working as a photojournalist in Fort Collins first ignited her love for the Great Plains and agrarian communities. Morgan is interested in how modern food systems affect local economies, people and ecosystems. After working on documentary projects in three states, five countries and Puerto Rico she couldn't be happier to join the PBT team and tell stories of the Platte Basin where her family's made a living for over a hundred years. She graduated from UNL with majors in journalism and Women's & Gender Studies.

Morgan's Work

As an elementary-school-age Nebraskan, Michelle Kwan’s 2002 Olympic run remained my exclusive exposure to ice skating. Hearing of a small pond close to my grandparents’ Colorado home induced wonder beyond previous possibilities in my young life. I waited impatiently for our Christmas trip to their home on Wisp Creek Drive. My dad, as tall as […]

It’s 4 a.m. and Forsberg and I are on the road to the Crane Trust south of Wood River, Nebraska. I’ve visited the Crane Trust twice before this morning: once for a brief school-sanctioned plunge into the Platte River with my classmates sophomore year, and again a few months ago to watch Sandhill Cranes migrating […]

In the first few weeks of a job I took for two reasons – to travel and receive tuition remission (which wouldn’t deliver either outcome) – I researched species impacted by agriculture: dolphins in China’s Yangtze River, koalas in Australia’s New South Wales and Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska. How little I knew about the connectivity […]

I lived in the same house in rural Nebraska, situated north of Wood River and south of Cairo, until moving to Lincoln for college in 2011. A year later, I worried my parents by traveling to India as a journalism student for a three-week documentary class. It wasn’t until I returned that I really gave […]