Don Boroughs was born and raised in Okemos, Michigan. He studied toward a bachelor of fine arts in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology on a National Merit Scholarship. Later, he received a dual degree in international relations and magazine journalism from Syracuse University, which named him one of their 12 University Scholars.
Upon graduation, Don moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he freelanced and traveled to 21 of the country's 24 provinces. Returning to the United States, he took up a contract position as a travel writer on a U.S.News & World Report summer travel guide, which led to a permanent job as a reporter/researcher for the Washington-based newsweekly. Within a couple of years, Don had become the youngest associate editor ever at the magazine. As a general-assignment reporter, he wrote articles covering the entire range of topics, from obituaries of cultural icons to toxic waste and Middle Eastern politics. In time, he was seconded to the business section of U.S.News, where he was promoted to senior editor. He wrote cover stories on the recession, the Disney Corporation, and the economy's influence on electoral politics.
In 1996, Don accepted a posting to the Johannesburg bureau of U.S.News, and moved there with his South African wife and their children. When the magazine decided to close the bureau, he declined to return to the Washington headquarters and began his African-based freelancing career.
As a freelancer, Don has broadened his skills and interests in several directions. He has produced dozens of radio features for Marketplace on Public Radio International and for the news programs of National Public Radio. He returned to his first love of nature and wildlife photography and began writing and shooting for International Wildlife magazine. He was honored to be named a roving editor for the magazine, in the company of such prominent authors, photographers and conservationists as Frans Lanting, Norman Myers, Fred Bruemmer and Mark & Delia Owens.
In recent years, Don has turned his personal obsession with energy efficiency and green living into a reporting beat. In addition to writing on the subject for several publications, he shares his discoveries on his blog, www.greenerhouse.co.za.
Don lives in Johannesburg with his wife and his youngest daughter. When not juggling reporting, photography and family, he is making music as a classical tenor. He has performed as a soloist with all the major choirs of Johannesburg and sings with the FNB Twenty Tenors.