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SEJ President's Report is the column of the current president of the SEJ Board of Directors, focusing on insights about the profession of environmental journalism, and providing updates about the organization's vision and practices. For questions and comments, email SEJ President Luke Runyon.


February 20, 2024

  • Photo of Aparna MukherjeeSEJ board president Luke Runyon (pictured, left) announces the successful conclusion of a comprehensive, months-long search process for the next Executive Director of the Society of Environmental Journalists: Aparna Mukherjee (pictured, right). Read Luke's letter to members and his interview with Aparna.

November 1, 2023

May 25, 2023

  • Society of Environmental Journalists president Luke Runyon (pictured, left) shares information on a couple of important upcoming transitions for SEJ. One is an announcement from our current executive director, Meaghan Parker, and our plans to search for SEJ’s next executive director; another is a change in organizational structure.

March 2, 2023

  • Society of Environmental Journalists president Luke Runyon (pictured, left) looks forward to the upcoming SEJ conference in Boise and announces the SEJ Future Council — a new fundraising initiative aimed at providing financial support for the organization’s efforts to increase and improve environmental journalism.

November 15, 2022

  • SEJ's new president of the board of directors, Colorado-based public radio journalist Luke Runyon (pictured, left), shares what the board has been up to recently, introduces the Leadership Committee and offers insight into where the organization is headed in 2023.

September 9, 2022

September 17, 2021

  • SEJ board president Sadie Babits has been thinking about you, SEJ’s members, who are at the core of this organization. It’s because of you that we are here, and it’s also why we are looking at our membership categories to make sure they best represent the work environmental journalists do today and the evolution of our industry. We’re eager to hear from SEJ members of all categories; here's how.

December 2, 2020

  • That's what SEJ Board President Meera Subramanian offers — and asks for — in her latest report on the state of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Plus, board elections, bylaw amendments and webinar initiatives.

July 21, 2020

  • SEJ board president Meera Subramanian shares some of the good news that has emerged over the last month as the immediate onslaught of the COVID-19 crisis settles into what we're all learning will be a very long haul.

May 25, 2020

  • The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on….everything. Right when the public needs accurate information the most, journalism has been hit particularly hard. Yet environmental journalism remains essential, especially since the pandemic continues as we enter hurricane, cyclone and wildfire season, and an atmosphere of deregulation persists. Yet impacts on publications are translating to staffing cuts, furloughs and slashed freelance budgets. Here’s a brief update on all SEJ is doing to stay ahead of the impacts, from SEJ President Meera Subramanian.