SEJ Board & Staff

The 2021-22 SEJ board (minus Donovan Quintero and Sara Schonhardt), during the November 6, 2021 virtual board meeting. Click to enlarge.


SEJ Board of Directors 2021-2022

Sadie Babits, President
Sara Schonhardt, First Vice Pres. & Programs Chair
Michael Kodas, Second Vice Pres. & Membership Chair
Kathiann Kowalski, Treasurer & Finance Chair
Laura Paskus, Secretary
Tony Barboza
Sam Eaton
Rico Moore
Donovan Quintero
Luke Runyon
Mark Schapiro
Sara Shipley Hiles, Rep. for Academic Membership
Jennifer Bogo, Rep. for Associate Membership

Ex Officio Board Member
Jim Detjen, Founding President

SEJ Board Member Job Description

SEJ Staff

Meaghan Parker, Executive Director
Jay Letto, Director of Annual Conferences
Meagan Jeanette (MJ), Marketing and Programs Associate

SEJ Consultants and Advisors

Christine Bruggers, Awards and Elections
Joseph A. Davis, SEJournal Writer/Section Editor; Editor, EJToday; Member, SEJ FOI Task Force
Adam Glenn, SEJournal Online Editor; Member, Editorial Advisory Board
Cindy MacDonald, Web Content Manager
Beth Parke, Founding Executive Director

SEJ Advisory Boards, Committees and Task Forces

Advisory Board
Audit Committee
Awards Committee
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Editorial Advisory Board
Elections Committee
Finance Committee
Freedom of Information Task Force
Fundraising Committee
Governance Committee
Membership Committee
Past Board Presidents
Programs Committee
Stolberg Committee

SEJ Board of Directors 2021-2022



Sadie Babits is a public media journalist, editor and educator based in Phoenix, Arizona. She's a professor of practice at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she is the sustainability director in the Cronkite News/Arizona PBS newsroom. She teaches students how to cover environmental stories as multimedia journalists. Sadie received a prestigious Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Reporting in 2017-2018 to focus on public lands reporting. Previously Sadie was the News Director at Colorado Public Radio where she guided and edited daily and long-term coverage for this statewide network. Her work has aired on National Public Radio shows including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and has been recognized nationally with an Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism and by the Society of Environmental Journalists. She’s reported from Kenya, Israel and many places in between, but she calls the West home where she can often be found exploring trails on her mountain bike. Current term: 2020-2023. Contact Sadie.


First Vice President and Programs Chair

Sara Schonhardt is an international climate reporter with E&E News. Previously, she was the managing editor for Internews' Earth Journalism Network, where she worked with journalists around the world to develop and produce stories that look at the human impacts of climate and environmental change. A longtime international reporter, she worked for nearly eight years in Indonesia for outlets such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Voice of America and The Wall Street Journal, where she was a staff reporter until 2017. Her joint work on “No Good Choices,” an interactive project about domestic worker abuse in Hong Kong won the 2015 Society of Publishers in Asia award for Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues. Sara traveled to Guatemala in the fall of 2017 through a fellowship with the International Reporting Project to document how women were responding to issues related to the environment. Born and bred in Columbus, Ohio, Sara has a degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master's degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. You can find her at and @saraschonhardt. Current term: 2020-2023. Contact Sara.


Second Vice President and Membership Chair
Michael Kodas, senior editor of Inside Climate News, is an award-winning author, reporter, photojournalist and journalism educator as well as the former Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was the winner of the 2018 Colorado Book Award for General Nonfiction for his book, "Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame," which was also named one of the 20 best nonfiction books of 2017 by Amazon. He is also the author of "High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed," which was named Best Non-Fiction in USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards of 2008 and was the subject of a question on the game show Jeopardy. In 1999 he was part of the team at The Hartford Courant awarded The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage and has been honored with awards from the Pictures of Year International competition, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition and the National Press Photographers Association. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, Newsweek, National Geographic News, Mother Jones and many other publications. His photography was featured in the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary "The Vietnam War" and he has appeared on the HBO program "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," in the American Experience documentary "The Big Burn" on PBS and more. From 2013 to 2019 Kodas was one of the directors of the prestigious Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism, which brings five mid-career journalists focused on environmental topics to the University of Colorado Boulder. Kodas was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado (2009-10), a Davidoff Scholar at the Wesleyan Writers Workshop (2005) and is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Current term: 2019-2022. Contact Michael.


Treasurer and Finance Chair
Kathiann M. Kowalski is a freelance journalist based in Ohio. She’s written 25 books and more than 750 articles spanning a wide range of environmental, science and social issues. Her work has appeared in Energy News Network, Science News for Students, Eye on Ohio, Cobblestone, Front Vision, American Forests and other publications. Her work has garnered awards from the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of School Librarians International, the ASPCA, and the National Science Teachers Association and Children’s Book Council. She is an alumna of fellowships awarded by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the CUNY Resilience Fellowship Program, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources. Prior to her journalism career, Kathi spent 15 years practicing law, with an emphasis on environmental issues and litigation. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and is admitted to the bars of Ohio, New York, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Current term: 2020-2023. Contact Kathi.



Laura Paskus is a correspondent and producer for New Mexico PBS. She has a monthly program, "Our Land: New Mexico's Environmental Past, Present, and Future" and also covers issues like PFAS contamination, climate change and politics for New Mexico In Focus. She began her career in journalism in 2002 as an assistant editor for High Country News, and has worked as a reporter and producer for KUNM-FM, as the environment reporter for New Mexico Political Report and as managing editor for Tribal College Journal, a publication of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. She's also freelanced for local, regional and national papers and magazines about issues related to climate change, water challenges in the arid southwestern United States, energy development, mining and other natural resource issues. Her book, "At the Precipice: New Mexico's Changing Climate" came out in 2020 from the University of New Mexico Press. Current term: 2019-2022. Contact Laura, 505-217-5136.


Tony Barboza is an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times who focuses on climate change and environmental justice. Before joining the editorial board in 2021 he worked for 15 years as a Times reporter, covering air quality, climate change, environmental health and other topics. He was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from Pomona College and began his journalism career as an intern at High Country News. Tony was hired by the Times in 2006, reporting on Orange County before moving onto the California coast beat. After completing a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in 2013 he spent several years writing about California's air quality. You can find him @tonybarboza. Current term: 2021-2024. Contact Tony.


Sam Eaton is the Seattle-based National Correspondent for Scripps' 24-hour news network, Newsy. His reporting and documentary films from the western US and beyond focus on climate change, the environment and the communities struggling to adapt to a rapidly warming planet. Before that Sam was the founding Senior Reporter for sustainability coverage at Marketplace, a Pulitzer Center grantee and a Special Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, The Nation magazine and PRI's The World. His reporting and filmmaking have taken him to more than two dozen countries around the world. Sam's films have screened at Washington DC's Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, DOC NYC, The World Economic Forum and the United Nations Secretariat, and he is a three-time winner of the Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Outstanding Beat Reporting and Outstanding Investigative Reporting in a large market. Current term: 2021-2023. Contact Sam.


Rico Moore is a freelance journalist based in Washington state. His work focuses on the confluence between environment and humanity. His reporting has primarily centered on issues affecting the Western United States, including the intersections of state wildlife management, natural resource extraction, Tribes, as well as the politics of federal and state environmental policies. He has also reported on issues of environmental and climate racism and justice, as well as the intersections of these issues with democracy and human rights. He often focuses on the cultural and linguistic dimensions of these stories with an eye toward historical context. He is the recipient of a grant from SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism for a forthcoming story preliminarily titled, "Ancestral Territory or Public Lands?: Indigenous sovereignty and reporting on Bears Ears." His work has won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and appears in Audubon Magazine, Boulder Weekly, DeSmog Blog, The Guardian and High Country News. He is particularly focused on issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the field of environmental journalism. Current term: 2021-2024. Contact Rico.


Donovan Quintero, a two-time recipient of the Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award, and many other journalism awards, was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation. He has reported and photographed for the Navajo Times as a freelancer and editorial staff member since 2005. Quintero has traveled to every corner of the Navajo reservation, traveled throughout the country and the world, from California to Massachusetts to South America to Africa, focusing his attention on documenting and sharing the stories of Navajo people. He has photographed and written news stories ranging from the devastating effects of drought, the destructive yet life-giving forest fires, to everyday celebrations of Navajo life, and the impacts of COVID-19 on the reservation. Through both his writing and photography for the Navajo Times, Quintero seeks to brings issues of social justice impacting the Navajo people to light. (Watch "How One Paper Is Covering COVID-19 in the Most Under-Connected Part of the U.S.", a video about The Navajo Times by The New Yorker, Jan 14, 2021.) Current term: 2020-2023. Contact Donovan.


Luke Runyon is a reporter and editor covering the Colorado River Basin for public radio station KUNC in Greeley, Colo., where he produces feature stories for a network of public media stations in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada. Before covering water at KUNC, Luke covered agriculture for five years as the station's Harvest Public Media reporter. He has also reported for Aspen Public Radio in Aspen, Colo. and Illinois Public Radio in Springfield, Ill. His reports have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Here & Now and APM's Marketplace. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois Public Affairs Reporting program. You can find him @LukeRunyon. Current term: 2021-2024. Contact Luke.


Mark Schapiro is an award-winning investigative journalist specializing in the environment. His most recent book, "Seeds of Resistance: The Fight To Save Our Food Supply," chronicles the search for food crops capable of resilience to climate change, and the battle underway to control them. Previous books include "The End of Stationarity: Searching for the New Normal in the Age of Carbon Shock," revealing the hidden costs and consequences of climate change; and "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power," an investigation into the health and economic impacts of the U.S. retreat from toxic chemical regulations. Mark's work is also published in Harpers, Yale 360, Mother Jones, The Nation, The Atlantic, the Guardian, Bay Nature, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere; and broadcast on TV, for PBS FRONTLINE/World, NOW With Bill Moyers and KQED. He was formerly Sr. Correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting, and is currently a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Awards include Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists,  Kurt Schork Award for International Reporting, a Columbia-DuPont Award (shared), a Society of Environmental Journalists award (Television) and a National Magazine Award (shared). Current term: 2021-2024. Contact Mark.


Representative for the SEJ Academic Membership
Sara Shipley Hiles is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she teaches writing and online journalism. Her areas of interest include environmental, science and health reporting; using multimedia and social media; and investigative reporting. Hiles started her journalism career at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans while still a student at Loyola University. Later she moved to the The Statesman-Journal in Salem, Oregon; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has taught at Western Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has won awards and recognition for teaching, feature writing, digital journalism and investigative reporting. She received a master's in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism and is helping build the school's science communication program. Current term: 2019-2022. Contact Sara.


Representative for the SEJ Associate Membership
Jennifer Bogo: As Vice President of Content, Jennifer Bogo leads the editorial and art teams that distinguish Audubon for its outstanding journalism on birds and conservation and set the high visual standard for the organization writ large. In this role she serves as editor-in-chief of the quarterly Audubon magazine, which under her direction has won multiple National Magazine Awards, including Personal Service for the magazine's innovative and inspiring Climate Action Guide in 2020 and the General Excellence, Special Interest honor in 2021. She also leads the development and growth of editorial brand extensions such as the Audubon Photography AwardsAudubon for Kids!, and the Audubon Mural Project. Jennifer came full circle to Audubon, and to birds, after stints extolling the virtues of robots and space probes as the science editor at Popular Mechanics and executive editor of Popular Science. Stories she edited for those publications have also won a National Magazine Award and been included in the "Best American Science Writing" and "Best American Science and Nature Writing" anthologies. Jennifer has made frequent media appearances as a science expert, and she has traveled to research stations from the Arctic to the Antarctic to report feature stories herself. Current term: 2021-2024. Contact Jennifer.


Ex Officio Board Member

Founding President
Jim Detjen served as Director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and Knight Chair at Michigan State University from January 1995 through May 2012. Previously Detjen spent 21 years as a professional newspaper reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal and other publications. His reporting has won more than 50 state, national and international awards including Polk, National Headliner, Stokes and Meeman awards. He is a three-time finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Detjen is a contributor to or author of four books on environmental and science journalism topics. He has lectured widely and has taught journalism workshops in the British Isles, Australia, Russia, Ukraine, China, Japan, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Mexico and throughout the U.S. Detjen helped found the International Federation of Environmental Journalists in 1993 and served as IFEJ president from 1994 to 2000. He earned a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Detjen was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at Nanakai University in Tianjin, China, during the spring semester of 2002. Ex officio board member and founding president, 1990.  Contact Jim, 517-353-9479.

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SEJ Staff

Executive Director
Meaghan ParkerMeaghan Parker became the Executive Director of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in 2018, after serving six years on SEJ’s board of directors. Previously, she was the Senior Writer/Editor and Partnerships Director for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program of the Wilson Center, a nonpartisan policy forum in Washington, DC., where she worked for 15 years. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning New Security Beat, a daily blog covering environment, health and security. She was the supervising producer of the award-winning documentary trilogy, “Healthy People, Healthy Environment,” three short films filmed in Tanzania, Nepal and Ethiopia. She was the lead editor of “A New Climate for Peace,” an online platform and independent study commissioned by the G7 Foreign Ministers. Before joining the Center, she was Manager of Research and Internal Communications at the Fortune 500 energy company PPL Global, where she researched international investments and renewable energy policy. She is currently serving on the Advisory Council of Planet Forward, a project of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. In addition to SEJ, she is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, National Association of Science Writers, and JAWS (Journalism & Women Symposium). Contact Meaghan, 202-558-2033.

Annual Conference Director
Jay Letto, a founding member of SEJ, has been the group's annual conference director since 1993. He also works as a freelance writer and editor. From 1986 to 1992, Letto served as director of the environment program at the Scientists' Institute for Public Information in New York City, where he was also co-editor of SIPIscope. Letto has organized scores of programs for journalists on the full spectrum of environmental issues. As annual conference director for SEJ, he works with the board conference chair and dozens of member-volunteers to organize a balanced, diverse and news-making program dealing with the myriad aspects of news reporting on environmental issues. Letto earned his B.S. in biology and environmental studies from the University of Michigan. He also holds an M.A. in journalism, with a certificate in science and environmental reporting, from New York University. Contact Jay, 509-493-4428 (West Coast - Pacific Time).

Marketing and Programs Associate
Meagan Jeanette (MJ) assists with all of SEJ's programs and initiatives, marketing, SEJ member and customer support, donor gifts and pledges, paid press releases, ad orders, reimbursement requests, Listserv subscriptions, conference marketing and app management, exhibit tracking, membership data reports and development of basic procedures. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Jeanette is also a classically-trained chef with an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts from Sullivan University. Contact MJ, (202) 558-2055.

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SEJ Consultants and Advisors

Awards and Elections
A. Christine Bruggers has served with distinction in multiple staff roles since 1993. Currently, she provides advice and expertise for our Awards and Elections. Her leadership and creativity have produced a base of systems for SEJ programs and operations including the building of database systems for membership, listservs and accounts; marketing, planning and implemention of annual conferences, awards, FEJ and other programs; training and supervising administrative and program staff; design and production of SEJournal; and leadership with SEJ's board on membership policy and elections procedures. She is responsible for moving membership applications and member data from paper to electronic files in 2009. Bruggers also serves as Director of SEJ Awards and as such developed one of the earliest online entry-form procedures for journalism awards in 2010. She also supervises the annual board election and created online balloting in 2010, both saving money and increasing voter participation. Bruggers earned a B.A. in professional writing from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She is also an accomplished photographer. Contact Chris.

SEJournal Writer/Section Editor; Editor, EJToday; Member, SEJ FOI Taskforce
Joseph A. Davis is a freelance writer/editor in Washington, D.C. who has been writing about the environment since 1976. He writes SEJournal Online's TipSheet, Reporter's Toolbox and Issue Backgrounder, and curates SEJ's weekday news headlines service EJToday and @EJTodayNews Twitter feed. Davis also directs SEJ's Freedom of Information Project and writes the WatchDog opinion column. Davis was senior writer with the Environmental Health Center until 2002, where he was acting editor of EHC's Environment Writer as well as principal author of EHC's reporter's guide on the science of global climate change. Between 1982 and 1989, he covered energy, environment and natural resources for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. Davis earned his B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has experience in database reporting and has taught Web publishing. Contact Joe.

SEJournal Online Editor
A. Adam Glenn, writer/editor at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, is an award-winning journalist, media consultant and journalism educator with more than four decades of experience, including in newspaper, magazine and online newsrooms. A long-time specialist in environmental news, a former executive editor of Greenwire and bureau chief for a group of environmental and health & safety newsletters in Washington, D.C., Glenn has been editor of the SEJournal Online since 2012, having previously held posts as co-editor with SEJ founding member Kevin Carmody, and as features editor. He currently serves on the SEJ editorial advisory board and as an SEJ editorial project manager, overseeing initiatives such as SEJ's Climate Change Resource Guide, Environmental Issues Area pages and special reports. Glenn's own recent environmental projects have included climate news site AdaptNY, launched with grants from the City University of New York, and which shared an award with WNYC Radio for coverage of urban heat waves in New York City, and the Reporter's Guide to Climate Adaptation, launched with grants and support from the University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute. An online pioneer since the 1990s, including as a senior producer at, he has spent the last decade-and-a-half focused on community, engagement and social media, with consulting clients including news publishers, journalism think tanks, and non-profit and charitable organizations. Glenn is currently an adjunct journalism lecturer at Hunter College at the City University of New York, and has taught at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism, and the graduate journalism programs at New York University and Columbia University. He has won numerous fellowships and grants, most recently a public policy fellowship at the Washington, D.C.-based Wilson Center think tank. Glenn holds a Master of Arts degree in international (environmental) policy from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Boston University. He is a Brooklyn native and currently lives in the Lower Hudson Valley. Contact Adam, 914-409-8795.

Web Content Manager
Cindy MacDonald, SEJ's web content manager, develops and maintains fresh, accurate and timely content for on a daily basis. She has applied her technical expertise and extensive experience as a detail-oriented writer and administrator to this creative and critically important service to the SEJ community since December 2000. She also serves as a copy editor for SEJ, casting her nitpicking "Eagle Eye" over publications large and small. Based near Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, MacDonald is an avid proponent of accurate information in general and on environmental issues in particular. She is a French/Spanish undergraduate of the University of Windsor, Canada. Contact Cindy.

Founding Executive Director
Beth Parke became SEJ's first executive director in 1993. She provides entrepreneurial leadership to clarify, protect and advance SEJ's mission. Parke's responsibilities include implementation of board policies, budget and finance, development, strategic planning, university relations with regard to annual conferences, and collaboration with partners in the journalism community. From 1984-1992 Parke was senior producer and host for Consider the Alternatives, an award-winning radio series on public policy issues. Prior to that she was employed as a producer for National Public Radio affiliates WGBH-FM, Boston and WHYY-FM, Philadelphia. Parke earned a B.A. in Communications from Boston College, and an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. View a tribute to Beth. Contact Beth.

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SEJ Advisory Boards, Committees and Task Forces


Advisory Board
Marla Cone
Steve Curwood
Gregg Easterbrook
Charles Eisendrath
Judy Muller
Rich Oppel
Gene Roberts
Rick Rodriguez
Sandy Rowe
Teya Ryan
Robert Semple
Judy Woodruff

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)
Peter Desbarats (1933-2014)
Katherine Fanning (1927-2000)
Thomas Winship (1920-2002)


Audit Committee
An Audit Committee, appointed by the board, shall arrange for and oversee an annual independent audit of the organization's financial statements. The Committee shall be composed of three members, at least one of whom shall be a board member other than the Treasurer, and one of whom shall be a non-board SEJ member. More.

Jenny Bogo (Chair)
Gloria Gonzalez
Amelia Jaycen


Awards Committee (SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment)
Annually, at its January meeting, the SEJ Board of Directors will appoint an Awards Committee consisting of at least three people, as well as a non-voting board liaison, each of whom will serve one-year terms. The committee must always have an odd number of members to avoid evenly split votes, and the board must appoint a replacement if there is a mid-year vacancy. More: SEJ Awards 2021 Rules.

Rae Tyson, Freelance Journalist and Committee Chair
Emilia Askari, Independent Journalist
Edwin Lake, Freelance Writer
Parimal Rohit, Austin Business Journal

Sara Schonhardt, International Climate Reporter, E&E News and SEJ Board Liaison to the Awards Committee
Chris Bruggers, SEJ Deputy Director, Awards Director and Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
The DEI Committee works with board members/committees, SEJ members and related groups to ensure SEJ is diverse, equitable and inclusive of all races, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, ages and backgrounds. Our goal is to ensure SEJ — and environmental journalism in general — is more representative of the diverse array of voices working in the field. More.

Donovan Quintero (Chair)
Emilia Askari
Michael Casey
Breanna Draxler
Maya Kapoor
Rico Moore
Bernardo Motta
Talli Nauman
Laura Paskus
Kate Sheppard


Editorial Advisory Board
The Editorial Advisory Board's role is to consult regularly with the SEJournal editor and others on editorial content for online/e-newsletters and themed SEJournal print publications. The Editorial Advisory Board may also be called upon to advise SEJ's executive director on publications strategy, as needed.

The SEJ Editorial Advisory Board is made up of the following voting members: The SEJournal's volunteer section editors, an SEJ Board liaison, the SEJournal editor (serving ex officio) and a chairperson (any SEJ member in good standing, to be nominated and selected by the Advisory Board members). Additional SEJ editorial staff are invited to serve as nonvoting members of the Editorial Advisory Board.

Robert McClure (Chair)
Adam Glenn (SEJournal Editor)
Michael Kodas (Board of Directors Liaison)
Roger Archibald
Emilia Askari
Frances Backhouse
Joseph A. Davis
Tom Henry
Cheryl Hogue
Parimal Rohit
Karen Schaefer
Carolyn Whetzel
Christine Woodside
Bob Wyss


Elections Committee
The election of SEJ board members and votes on bylaws amendments proposed by the SEJ board are accomplished by a combination of live balloting at the SEJ Annual Membership Meeting and absentee ballots returned either by mail by a deadline set by the elections committee or electronically by the end of live balloting at the SEJ Annual Membership Meeting. The election is supervised by a three-member Elections Committee. More.

Chris Bruggers (Elections Supervisor)
Chuck Quirmbach
Tim Wheeler


Finance Committee
The SEJ Board of Directors has delegated oversight responsibility for the Financial and Accounting Controls policy to the SEJ Treasurer and the Finance Committee of which the Treasurer is the chair. More.

Kathiann Kowalski (Treasurer)
Jenny Bogo
Bobby Magill


Freedom of Information Task Force
The Society of Environmental Journalists board of directors formed the FOI Task Force in March 2002 "to address freedom-of-information, right-to-know, and other news gathering issues of concern to the pursuit of environmental journalism." More.

Sadie Babits
Deon Daugherty
Joseph A. Davis
Carey Gillam
Liza Gross
Bobby Magill
Douglas Main
Rico Moore
Bernardo Motta
Jennifer Oldham
Gabriel Popkin
Benjamin Purper
Nano Riley
Ry Rivard
Lindsey J. Smith
Lisa Sorg
Jimmy Tobias
Michael Warren
Timothy Wheeler


Fundraising Committee
Laura Paskus (Chair)
Rocky Kistner
Luke Runyon
Sara Shipley Hiles


Governance Committee
The SEJ Board of Directors created a standing Governance Committee on March 7, 2020. The Governance Committee is responsible for the health and functioning of the board. It recruits new members, conducts orientation, produces board materials and evaluates the performance of the board itself. More.

Luke Runyon (Chair)
Beth Daley
Kathiann Kowalski
Peter Thomson


Membership Committee
SEJ's membership policies are designed to uphold SEJ’s identity and integrity while maximizing participation by journalists, educators and students. The SEJ board, its membership committee and SEJ staff implement these policies in accordance with the SEJ bylaws to determine prospective and existing members' eligibility for one of five classes of membership — ACTIVE, ASSOCIATE, ACADEMIC, STUDENT and HONORARY. More.

Michael Kodas (Chair)
Jenny Bogo (Vice-Chair)
Sara Shipley Hiles
Donovan Quintero
Sara Schonhardt


Programs Committee
Sara Schonhardt (Chair)


Stolberg Committee
The David Stolberg Meritorious Service Award is presented by SEJ each year to honor exceptional volunteer work by a member. The Award was created by the SEJ board in 1998 and named for SEJ’s founder David Stolberg. More.

Sadie Babits
Chris Bruggers
Meera Subramanian

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