Degen Larkin is a nature preschool teacher living in Boston with a passion for storytelling and experience as a reporter. After graduating from Clark University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Degen spent her years after college foraging for stories. As a science educator at her local aquarium, Degen hunted for tales from the muddy depths of the Long Island Sound, hauling in trawl nets carrying shrimp that can kill and fish without scales. Degen has advanced to a career in early education as a preschool teacher, where she relies heavily on her investigative skills to play the role of reporter once again. She’s solved the mysteries of the missing bagel (found in a shoe) and the lunchbox swap (different kids, same lunchbox design), among others.
In a more formal journalistic setting, Degen has had her work featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and the New Haven Independent and has had her audio pieces aired on the Clark Radio Station. Her stories have covered brother-barbers, a stop along the Underground Railroad, a delta blues singer in New England, and local artists in the community. Degen is also experienced in both print and digital photography. You can check out her work at her blog.
Degen, bearing the name of her immigrant great-grandmother and her family’s own tale of migration, is thrilled to be working with The Immigrant Story to amplify the voices of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. She is excited to broadcast these stories with Portland Radio Project, an organization so dedicated to supporting community voices.