Daphne White has lived on three continents and reported from three U.S. regions: the South (Atlanta), the East Coast (Washington, DC), and the West Coast (Berkeley, CA). Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Hemispheres (United Airlines); Foundation News & Commentary; National Wildlife; The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. She is now a contributing author the Vox publication SF.Curbed and at Berkeleyside.com.
Daphne wrote about environmental justice in the 1990s; about the healing power of gardens before that research was widely known; and about the plight of indigenous people in Hawaii when that issue was rarely covered.
Journalism was Daphne’s first and current passion, but she has taken several professional detours that have given her a deeper understanding of people and politics. As the founder and executive director of a national nonprofit called The Lion & Lamb Project, Daphne testified before Congressional committees and was interviewed on national radio and TV shows. She was awarded a “Citizen Cool” award from Ben & Jerry’s, and was invited to speak at several national conferences.
After 10 years at the nonprofit, and suffering from severe burnout, Daphne decided to explore a totally different realm of experience. She became certified in both Healing Touch and Somatic Experiencing (trauma release). Her understanding of the effects of trauma on memory and the body totally transformed the way she now conducts interviews: she listens for the silences, reads body language, and asks the deeper questions that often lead to unexpected places.
Her interest in the intersection of power and politics also led her to playwriting, where she can engage in a theatrical form of creative nonfiction.