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Heidi Koontz

Biography

Heidi Koontz is the media team lead for the Southwest and Midwest regions, USGS Central States Office of Communications. She began working for the USGS as a student while pursuing and receiving a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Since 1993, career highlights include managing the International media room for the 1997 Denver Summit of the Eight; coordination of USGS media response for the Taiwan (1999), Sumatra (2004), Haiti (2010) and Nepal (2015) earthquakes; and multiple proactive flood, hurricane, wildfire, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and earthquake news events.