HAUSER, Hillary

USA (1944- )

Last updated: March 6, 2018 at 15:25 pm

Writer/journalist/news reporter since 1968; environmental activist; President and Executive Director of Heal the Ocean, a registered charity focusing on wastewater infrastructure – sewers and septic systems – as well as ocean dumping practices that have contributed to ocean pollution; President of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (2013); Assistant Editor of Skin Diver Magazine; created the popular “Fish of the Month” feature, which became The Book of Marine Fishes; author of six books about the sea and underwater exploration; has written for National Geographic, Geo, Islands, The Surfer’s Journal, Reader’s Digest and the Los Angeles Times; West Coast stringer for Ocean Science News (1969-1977); ocean/marine reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press (1981-1986); publicist for the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) in 1977; created the famed bumper sticker program “Discover Diving”; painter; classical pianist; former music critic for the Santa Barbara News-Press; co-creator—with John Robinson—of the record label Tavros Records, wherein she produced recordings of Rachmaninoff Trios and Chopin solo piano solo works that have won high ratings in the Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music; her work has been frequently anthologized, including Textbook for Advance Level English (Newbury House), Invitations to Literacy (Houghton Mifflin), and Life Touched with Wonder (Reader’s Digest); her poetry has been anthologized in An American Poetry Anthology; was commended with recognition from the U.S. Congress for her environmental work; a.k.a. the Diver of the Strange and Bizarre for her exploration of the sinkholes of South Australia for National Geographic, diving into Devil’s Hole, a flooded earthquake fault in Death Valley, California, and her diving the notorious big wave reefs of the world: Waimea, Jaws, Pipeline and Mavericks; began scuba diving in 1966 (certified in 1968).

Some find solace in isolated back country –
Ruggedness, dryness and gullies,
Cactus and sage…
For some, the ocean is the Great Lap that waits
With understanding and comfort.
With surrounding love and familiarity,
Fishes and magic.

— Hillary Hauser

Honours and Awards:

NOGI Award (Distinguished Service, 2009)
Women Divers Hall of Fame (2000)
SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Diver (1993)

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