Nancy Pearlman

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Nancy Pearlman
Huntington, West Virginia
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Broadcasting and Environmental Activism

Nancy Pearlman (born 1948)[citation needed] is an American broadcaster and environmentalist.

Early life[edit]

Nancy Pearlman was born in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1948.[citation needed] She was raised in Orange County, California, in a cabin built in 1957 that was designed by John Lautner and later known as "the Pearlman cabin."[1][2] Pearlman and her brother participated in programs at the Idyllwild school, and both graduated from Brickerward Preparatory.[1]


Pearlman's environmentalist career has included the coordination the first 'Earth Day' in Southern California in 1970, while she was an anthropology student at UCLA.[3][4] In 1990, Pearlman told the Los Angeles Times, "In my ecology class, I got wind of the fact that a nationwide Earth Day was being planned, I realized no one was organizing anything here, so I got busy on it. I’m a very good organizer--it’s a natural talent of mine."[3]

She has also founded non-profit organisations, including the Ecology Center of Southern California in 1972.[4]

Pearlman is also the producer and host of ECONEWS, a national public television series[5][3] which began in 1984[6] and has been nominated for an EMMY three times. In recent years, Pearlman's ECONEWS interviews have focused on Azerbaijan, including Azerbaijan's conflict with Armenia over the polluting of the Araz River.[7]

Pearlman also hosts a radio show called 'Environmental Directions with Nancy Pearlman', which began in 1977[3] and is the longest-term American environmental radio broadcast.[8]

From 2001 until 2017, Pearlman held a seat on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, representing the Democratic Party in California.[9][10] She lost re-election for her fifth term in 2017.[8]

In 2018, Pearlman became an adjunct anthropology professor at East Los Angeles College.[8]

Pearlman is also a judge at the 'Angel Cup' Youth Music and Art Festival in Los Angeles.[11]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1989 - United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global 500 Laureate[4]

Personal life[edit]

Outside of broadcasting and activism, Pearlman performs and teaches ethnic dance and has climbed over 100 listed California peaks.[12]

In 2015, her nephew was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.[13][14][15][16][17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lowe, Peggy (September 24, 2006). "Radical conversion: How a man with O.C. roots turned toward al-Qaida". O.C. Register. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. "PEARLMAN CABIN" (PDF). HISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY. National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Christian, Susan (April 19, 1990). "EARTH DAY '70". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sabrina (February 23, 2017). "Nancy Pearlman, A Voice For The People". Canyon News. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  5. Raftery, Miriam (July 20, 2007). "Too Hot to Handle?". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  6. "ECONEWS Television Series". Retrieved 2021-03-12. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Consul General: Armenia is committing environmental genocide against Azerbaijan - VIDEO". December 19, 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Palomera, Giselle (September 29, 2018). "Adjunct professor encourages environmentalism". East Los Angeles College Campus News. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  9. Aron, Hillel (July 12, 2017). "Community College Board President Accused of Harassment and Intimidation". LA Weekly. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  10. The Times Editorial Board (April 10, 2013). "Nancy Pearlman for college seat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  11. "Youth Festival USA". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "Executive Director Nancy Pearlman". Retrieved 2021-03-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Meek, James Gordon; Kim, Susanna (April 23, 2015). "Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Adam Pearlman". ABC News. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  14. Broder, John M. (May 28, 2004). "American Being Sought by the F.B.I. Found His Place in Islam, Relatives Say". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  15. Sterngold, James; Goodyear, Charlie (May 27, 2004). "'Average American boy' accused as terrorist / U.S. says Californian is 1 of 7 al Qaeda operatives who may be working on an attack this summer". SFGate. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  16. "Al-Qaeda Minister of Propaganda Killed by Drone Strike was Raised in Affluent California Neighborhood". Inside Edition. April 23, 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  17. Khatchadourian, Raffi (January 14, 2007). "Azzam the American". The New Yorker. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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