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




Sadie Babits

Public Media Journalist, Editor and Educator
Phoenix, AZ

SEJ Board President

Deon Daugherty

Senior Correspondent, Energy Intelligence
Houston, TX

SEJ Member

Joseph A. Davis

Freelance Journalist
Washington, DC

SEJ Staff, FOI Project Director and SEJournal Writer

Carey Gillam

Freelance Writer
Overland Park, KS

SEJ Member

Liza Gross

Reporter | Editor
San Francisco Bay area

SEJ Member

Bobby Magill

Bloomberg Environment
Washington, DC

SEJ Member

Douglas Main

National Geographic
Washington, DC

SEJ Member

Rico Moore

Freelance Journalist | Researcher
Washington state

SEJ Member

Bernardo Motta

Assistant Professor, Journalism,
Roger Williams University
Bristol, RI

SEJ Member

Jennifer Oldham

Freelance Journalist
Aurora, CO

SEJ Member

Benjamin Purper

News Director, KCBX
San Luis Obispo, CA

SEJ Member and 2021 Science/Health/Environment Reporting Fellow

Nano Riley

Independent Journalist
St. Petersburg, FL

SEJ Member

Ry Rivard

Reporter, Adirondack Explorer
Saranac Lake, NY

SEJ Member

Lindsey J. Smith

Freelance Science and Environmental Journalist
San Francisco, CA

SEJ Member

Lisa Sorg

Environmental Investigative Reporter
NC Policy Watch
Raleigh, NC

SEJ Member

Jimmy Tobias

Independent Reporter
New York, NY

SEJ Member

Michael Warren

Reporter, NJ Advance Media
Bloomfield, NJ

SEJ Member

Timothy Wheeler

Bay Journal

Task Force Chair


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