The Plastic Problem Discussion

This online discussion of PBS NewsHour Presents: The Plastic Problem was recorded 3/22/20. Bios of the panelists Amna Nawaz, Lorna Baldwin, Lillian Power, and the moderator Taylor Maddalene can be found below. If you have not seen the documentary, you can view it here.


Amna Nawaz, PBS NewsHour. Amna is the journalist reporting in the “The Plastic Problem.” She joined PBS NewsHour in 2018 and serves as senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor.

Lorna Baldwin, PBS NewsHour. Lorna is a General Assignment Producer for the PBS NewsHour and produced “The Plastic Problem.” for PBS.

Lillian Power, Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). The Watershed Protection Division’s Enforcement Team, led by Lillian Power, is responsible for implementing and enforcing policies regulating single-use plastics in the District. These policies include the styrofoam ban, recyclable and compostable food service ware requirements, including the single-use plastic straw and stirrer ban, and the 5 cent bag fee, the first of its kind in the nation.


Taylor Maddalene, National Geographic. Taylor serves as the Director of the Plastics Initiative at National Geographic Society. Her role includes developing, managing, and executing the recent international “Sea to Source” expeditions in the Ganges River. She has a background in marine conservation and the integration of science into decision-making. Before National Geographic she served in a range of research and program management roles for global conservation organizations including Rare, The National Aquarium, MOTE Marine Lab, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.