SEJ Freedom of Information Task Force

The Society of Environmental Journalists board of directors formed the 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."

The board gave the Freedom of Information Task Force these responsibilities:

  1. Monitor records access and other right-to-know issues that affect the quality and visibility of environmental journalism.
  2. Speak or write to actions that limit access to information and inhibit journalists' ability to cover the environment and related topics.
  3. Provide SEJ members with services to help them obtain and use public records, and to deal with efforts to withhold those records from them.

We encourage SEJ members to contact the Task Force chair or members with access issues. Additionally, SEJ members interested in FOIA/access issues are invited to join the task force. Please contact Timothy Wheeler, 410-409-3469, for more information.


Society of Environmental Journalists Freedom of Information Task Force Members




Dillon Bergin

Data Reporter, MuckRock
Philadelphia, Pa.

SEJ Member

Deon Daugherty

Senior Correspondent, Energy Intelligence
Houston, Texas

SEJ Member

Joseph A. Davis

Freelance Journalist
Washington, D.C.

SEJ Staff, FOI Project Director and SEJournal Writer

Kathie Florsheim

Independent Photographer + Writer
Providence, R.I.

SEJ Member

Iulia Gheorghiu

Freelance Energy and Climate Reporter
Berkeley, Calif.

SEJ Member

Carey Gillam

Freelance Writer
Overland Park, Kan.

SEJ Member

Liza Gross

San Francisco Bay area

SEJ Member

Estelle Lamotte

Université de Sherbrooke
Quebec, Canada

SEJ Member

Bobby Magill

Reporter, Bloomberg Law
Washington, D.C.

SEJ Board Liaison (interim)

Chris May

Freelance Journalist
Washington, D.C.

SEJ Member

Benjamin Purper

News Director, KCBX
San Luis Obispo, Calif.

SEJ Member

Nano Riley

Independent Journalist
St. Petersburg, Fla.

SEJ Member

Ry Rivard

Reporter, Adirondack Explorer
Saranac Lake, N.Y.

SEJ Member

Lisa Sorg

Environmental Reporter, NC Policy Watch
Raleigh, N.C.

SEJ Member

Jimmy Tobias

Independent Reporter
New York, N.Y.

SEJ Member

Timothy Wheeler

Associate Editor/Senior Writer, Bay Journal
Catonsville, Md.

Task Force Chair


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