Meet SEJ member John R. Platt! John is the editor of The Revelator. An award-winning environmental journalist, his work focuses on endangered species, wildlife trafficking, climate change, environmental justice and the arts. His “Extinction Countdown” column has run continuously since 2004 and has covered news and science related to more than 1,000 endangered species, and is now part of The Revelator. His writing has also appeared in Scientific American, Audubon, Motherboard, and numerous other magazines and publications. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers. John lives on the outskirts of Portland, Ore., where he finds himself surrounded by animals and cartoonists.
John has been an SEJ member since 2010 and said, "Writing about environmental issues often requires diving into some deep emotional waters. SEJ is my lifeguard, my safety net, my support system, helping to ensure that I never feel isolated or sink into the darkness. Together we focus not just on problems, but on necessary solutions. That shared experience has kept me afloat."
Check out some of John's work for The Revelator:
- "Seahorses Extinction Assessment Reveals Threatened Species and Knowledge Gaps," July 7, 2021.
- "I Know Why the Caged Songbird Goes Extinct," March 3, 2021.
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