Anna Kusmer

Reporter/Producer

The World

Anna Kusmer is a reporter and producer at the World focusing on the environment.

Anna Kusmer is a reporter and producer at The World focusing on the environment. She creates The Big Fix, The World's weekly look at climate change solutions around the globe. Anna is fascinated by people's complex relationships with nature and is inspired by the diverse solutions for a more just and sustainable world.

Before working at The World, Anna worked as a local news reporter at WGBH in Boston and KQED in San Francisco.

Anna has an MSc in environmental science from McGill University. Outside of work, Anna enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and meeting her neighbors. Anna believes stories can change the world.

Do you have a question about a climate change solution you want to hear answered on air? Email Anna: climate@theworld.org

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and Chair of The Elders, speaks to journalists at the COP27 UN Climate Summit, Nov. 12, 2022.

Ireland’s Mary Robinson says being an 'Elder' is about teaching the next generation, but also listening to them

Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland, and has been chair of "The Elders," a group founded by Nelson Mandela. She spoke with The World's host Marco Werman about connecting with young activists on environmental justice.

Ireland’s Mary Robinson says being an 'Elder' is about teaching the next generation, but also listening to them
After the species was found, it was immediately described by scientists as highly threatened. This is a tragic predicament of many modern biologists.

Biologists describe a new owl species on Príncipe Island — and hope they can save it before it disappears

Biologists describe a new owl species on Príncipe Island — and hope they can save it before it disappears
The cover to "Solito" by Javier Zamora.

New memoir speaks to the trauma of migration and the potential for healing

New memoir speaks to the trauma of migration and the potential for healing
In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, protesters make fire and block the street during a protest over the death of a woman who was detained by the morality

'We're done': A new generation of Iranians are using this app to track the country's morality police

'We're done': A new generation of Iranians are using this app to track the country's morality police
An image from "Ducks," a graphic novel by Kate Beaton, depicting the "Highway of Death."

'Wherever the work is, we're all going': Graphic novelist on working in Alberta's tar sands

'Wherever the work is, we're all going': Graphic novelist on working in Alberta's tar sands
A Ukrainian woman waits for relatives fleeing the conflict from neighboring Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland, on Feb. 25, 2022. UN officials said that 100,000 people were believed to have left their homes and estimated up to 4

Poland prepares to accept thousands of refugees from Ukraine

Agnieszka Kosowicz, president and founder of the Polish Migration Forum, spoke to The World's host Marco Werman from Warsaw about the influx of refugees from neighboring Ukraine amid the Russian invasion there.

Poland prepares to accept thousands of refugees from Ukraine
UK environmental activist Ella Daish, who crafted a giant tampon out of used tampons, is on a mission to get rid of single-use, plastic tampons.

This UK activist is pushing to end single-use plastics in menstrual products

This past week, UK environmental activist Ella Daish traveled to Switzerland and marched a giant tampon — which is a striped, blue and green tampon sculpture that stands more than 6 feet tall — to Procter & Gamble’s European headquarters in Geneva. She said she wanted to “return” the plastic applicators to the company.

This UK activist is pushing to end single-use plastics in menstrual products
Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells, known as HeLa cells, have been used in medical research without her permission, say a prayer with attorneys outside the federal courthouse in Baltimore

Henrietta Lacks’ biographer: ‘So much of science started with her cells’

Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about her legacy on the 70th anniversary of her death.

Henrietta Lacks’ biographer: ‘So much of science started with her cells’
US director, actor, screenwriter Melvin Van Peebles is seen during a tribute for his career at the 38th American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France

This film professor says Melvin Van Peebles taught her that 'when Hollywood is closing the door, you find your own way'

Racquel Gates, a professor of film at Columbia University, and the consulting producer and editor for the Melvin Van Peebles Box Set — being released by The Criterion Collection next week — discussed his work, life and legacy with The World's host Marco Werman.

This film professor says Melvin Van Peebles taught her that 'when Hollywood is closing the door, you find your own way'
South Africa's "Black Mermaid," Zandile Ndhlovu, enjoys sunrise dives in the kelp forest. 

Diving into infinity with South Africa’s 'Black Mermaid'

Zandile Ndhlovu is the first Black free-diving instructor in South Africa and the founder of the Black Mermaid Foundation, which aims to change the story of who belongs in the water by spreading awareness online and teaching school kids about the ocean.

Diving into infinity with South Africa’s 'Black Mermaid'
Pope Francis sits with Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove (left) and Iman Khalid Latif (right), executive director of the Islamic Center and chaplain to the students at New York University, at a multi-religious gathering during a visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum i

NYU chaplain calls for a 'true pursuit of empathy' to heal from 9/11 aftermath

Two decades after the attacks of Sept. 11, Muslim Americans revisit their lives in a post-9/11 world. Executive director and chaplain at New York University, Khalid Latif, discusses his experiences with The World's host Marco Werman.

NYU chaplain calls for a 'true pursuit of empathy' to heal from 9/11 aftermath
Shomali, a little north of Kabul, Afghanistan, July 18, 2005. After seven years of severe drought that impoverished farmers and made millions reliant on food handouts, Afghanistan enjoyed a bountiful harvest.

‘Drought has severely impacted livestock keepers’ in Afghanistan, head of UN food agency says

Nearly one-third of people in Afghanistan don't know if they will have a meal each day. Droughts and an approaching winter are worsening the food shortage there. Kaustubh Devale, head of the Food and Agriculture Organization's emergency and resilience program in Afghanistan, discusses the situation with The World's host Marco Werman.

‘Drought has severely impacted livestock keepers’ in Afghanistan, head of UN food agency says
In this Sept. 2, 2021, file photo provided by the US Department of State, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry attends a meeting with Yang Jiechi, director of China's Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs

US Climate Envoy John Kerry heads to China with a 'clean energy revolution' message, adviser says

For insight into Kerry's brand of climate diplomacy and the outcome of the talks, The World's host Carol Hills spoke with David Wade, who served as Kerry's chief of staff when the diplomat was secretary of state.

US Climate Envoy John Kerry heads to China with a 'clean energy revolution' message, adviser says
An Emperor penguin jumps out of the water.

With global warming, Emperor penguins will 'have no place to breed' says researcher

A new study says if global warming continues at its current rate, more than 80% of Emperor penguin colonies will be gone in the next 80 years. Phil Trathan, who co-authored the study, joined The World's host Marco Werman to discuss the plight of penguins.

With global warming, Emperor penguins will 'have no place to breed' says researcher
An empty Amazon box sits outside a north Jackson, Miss., residence, awaiting pickup for recycling

A new law in Maine requires large companies to pay for recycling packaging waste

Scott Cassel, CEO and founder of the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, discusses the law with The World's host Marco Werman.

A new law in Maine requires large companies to pay for recycling packaging waste