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Meet the Wildlife Watch Team

A look at the people who comprise the unit.

Wildlife Watch is National Geographic's project covering the exploitation of wildlife. Learn more about our mission, and meet the team below.

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Rachael Bale

Reporter Rachael Bale previously covered the environment for The Center for Investigative Reporting. She also has worked for KQED, San Francisco's public radio station, and the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom.

Contact her at and follow her on Twitter at @rachael_bale. You can also email her securely using PGP encryption (key ID: 2D34236E9D4B493B, fingerprint: B03F B785 C581 3774 43E4 6649 2D34 236E 9D4B 493B).

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Jani Actman

Reporter Jani Actman has interned with NPR's investigative unit and Medill Watchdog, Northwestern University's former investigative journalism initiative. She was a lawyer in a previous life, working in education policy.

Contact her at and follow her on Twitter at @janiactman.

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Oliver Payne

Oliver Payne has edited feature stories for National Geographic magazine, including three that won National Magazine Awards for writing, since the early 1990s. Before that he was a staff writer, and he started his National Geographic career as a map researcher. He holds a master’s degree in geography from Oxford University.

You can find all of the team's stories at Wildlife Watch.