Hugh C. McDiarmid Jr. is a communications officer at The Kresge Foundation where he supports internal and external communications efforts for the Environment Program among other key Kresge initiatives.
He worked as a Michigan journalist for 22 years including a decade at the Detroit Free Press, reporting extensively on environmental issues. He directed communications efforts for the nonprofit Michigan Environmental Council for eight years, and most recently oversaw outreach for the Great Lakes (Windsor) Office of the International Joint Commission, which provides guidance to the U.S. and Canadian governments on boundary-waters issues.
Hugh has earned numerous journalism awards, including the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in 2004 for a collaborative series on childhood lead poisoning in Michigan.
He lives in Farmington with his wife, Karen. He graduated from Albion College with a bachelor’s degree in English.