News Release

Zoё Hoyle Receives an Abraham Lincoln Honor Award from Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack

September 27, 2016

Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, Zoe Hoyle, SRS Science Writer,  and Dr. Gregory Parham, Assistant Secretary for Administration USDA.
Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, Zoe Hoyle, SRS Science Writer, and Dr. Gregory Parham, Assistant Secretary for Administration USDA.

Asheville, NC — Asheville resident and Knoxville native Zoё Hoyle recently received a national Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for “Personal and Professional Excellence.” Hoyle received her award from Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack during the 66th Secretary’s Honors Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Abraham Lincoln Honor award is the most prestigious award presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

As a science writer for the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) headquartered in Asheville, NC, Hoyle is being recognized for innovation in delivering information about the work of SRS scientists to a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.

Five years ago, Hoyle developed and launched CompassLive, an online magazine (blog) designed to deliver results of forest research to a wide range of audiences. Hoyle works with a small team of writers and web developers to create stories for CompassLive that are delivered to partners, media, students, employees, congressional members and others online and through a weekly newsletter and social media.

Hoyle is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she received her MSLIS in Information Sciences in 1991. She has been with the SRS since 2001, and produced a quarterly printed research magazine for SRS before starting CompassLive in 2011. In 2015, Hoyle received the SRS Director’s Award for Science Delivery, which was presented by Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell.

Hoyle is a longtime member of the National Association of Science Writers and the University Research Magazine Association.