Jenae Barnes, EJN Seasonal Program Assistant
Jenae is the current Seasonal Program Assistant for EJN. She is a recent graduate from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she studied Global Affairs and International Development. Jenae will be assisting the EJN team with social media engagement and content creation. Previously, she has worked with ABC News, Columbia University's Journalism school, and other media companies. In her spare time, she writes freelance articles, volunteers as a mentor, and plays with her cat, Sabrina. She is currently based in Virginia.
Hannah Bernstein, EJN Program Assistant
Hannah is the Program Assistant for EJN. She works to build EJN’s outreach efforts globally through social media and other digital strategies, while also providing administrative support to a variety of EJN projects. Hannah has a degree in environmental science and journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and previously worked for organizations including MIT’s Energy Initiative, Ensia Magazine, The GroundTruth Project, and others. She is particularly interested in environmental justice and solutions journalism.
Leelarat Boonthawong (Lee), Grants & Finance Assistant
Lee lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and supports EJN's story grantees and other partners in completing their financial reporting, contracts and supporting documentation. Before joining EJN, she worked for years with other global organizations and has direct experience in administration, finance and purchasing.
Charlie Debenham, EJN Program Coordinator
Charlie is the Program Coordinator for EJN, based in the London office. She works with the EJN team globally to support the planning and delivery of programmatic and administrative operations for EJNs growing catalogue of projects. Charlie has a master's degree in Biodiversity and Conservation and previously worked at the Zoological Society of London, where she was involved in a number of conservation projects across the Global South. She is particularly interested in the relationships between people and wildlife, including alternative livelihoods and community conservation initiatives.
James Fahn, EJN Executive Director
James Fahn is the Global Director of Internews' Environmental Programs and the Executive Director of Internews' Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over 7,000 reporters who cover environmental topics. A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental, climate and science issues in developing countries, he is also a Lecturer at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches a graduate-level class on international environmental reporting. James has spent most of his professional career based in Asia, where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper based in Bangkok, and hosted a Thai feature television show. His book, A Land on Fire, published in 2003, recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environment beat in Southeast Asia. James has also written for the New York Times, Scientific American, Newsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Global Investigative Journalists Network, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. He previously served on the Engagement Committee for Future Earth, managed Internews' Myanmar country program for several years, was the co-founder of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, and worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development. James received UNEP's Global 500 Award for The Nation's environment reporting and was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand.
Orapin Kai Jongsuk (Intasarn), EJN Finance Manager
Orapin "Kai" Intasarn is an EJN Finance Manager based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Kai works closely with EJN's Executive Director, staff and Internews Europe accounting staff to provide financial management and accounting support to EJN projects, including the SIDA funded Asia-Pacific project. Her duties include a monthly spending projection, budget preparations for both project modifications/extensions and new proposals and audit support.Kai joined Internews in 2005 to work for the Burmese Media-in-Exile project in Thailand and has continued to work for Internews in various operational and finance roles.
Sara Schonhardt, EJN Managing Editor
Sara Schonhardt is the Managing Editor for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, where she oversees story and project production among the journalists EJN supports. Prior to this role, Sara was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Indonesia, covering everything from rising Islamic conservatism to the cause and effect of devastating annual forest fires. She and a team of reporters won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting in 2015 for their work on a digitally interactive story about domestic worker abuse in Hong Kong. Sara worked as a reporter in Southeast Asia for nearly 12 years, producing stories for major news outlets such as The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and Voice of America. She also helped co-found a network in Indonesia that connected local and international reporters. In 2017 Sara reported on the impacts of climate change on women in Guatemala through a fellowship with the International Reporting Project. Most recently, she covered the challenges facing small towns in the American Midwest, including how farmers are responding to more extreme weather events. Sara has a degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Surachart Somma, EJN Information Officer
Based in the Bangkok office, Surachart (Tob) is the Information Officer for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. He is responsible for the management and development of EJN’s online presence, including the EJN program website, the GeoJournalism websites and other communication platforms. He brings more than ten years of experience in Digital Communications, Knowledge Management and Information Technology Management at global organizations in Europe and Asia, including the UN Environment Compliance Assistance Programme for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in Asia-Pacific and other international organizations in the environmental technology industry. Surachart holds an M.Sc. in Management from the VUB in Brussels and B.A. from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Jen Wilton, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Jen Wilton is a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist at Internews based in London. Jen provides support to Internews projects globally and in particular has supported a number of EJN projects to document their successes, impact and learning. Prior to Internews, Jen has spent most of her career working in academic and civil society research roles, as well as more recently having worked as a freelance journalist and investigative human rights researcher.
In 2013, Jen reported on the environmental and human rights impacts of mining in Mexico as part of a fellowship with a Canadian publication. Jen has academic qualifications related to the social and medical sciences.
Stefano Wrobleski, GeoJournalism Coordinator
Stefano Wrobleski leads the technical coordination and management of EJN's GeoJournalism sites, including InfoAmazonia, where he also works as a data journalist. He writes about social and environmental issues and participated in the development and coordination of special reports platforms such as the Cartography of Attacks Against Indigenous Peoples, a mapping of indigenous people killed in the last 30 years in Brazil, and Digging into the Mining Arc, a four-month work on the issues of huge mining project in Venezuelan Amazon. Stefano is based in São Paulo, Brazil.
EJN Project Staff
Imelda Abaño, Content Coordinator - Philippines
Imelda Abaño is the Philippines and Pacific Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project. She is an award-winning Philippine environmental journalist and media trainer who has been covering climate change, energy, agriculture, biodiversity and other environmental issues for over 18 years. Abaño is the founding President of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists, an organization which was established in 2010 with the assistance of the EJN. As one of EJN's Council of Partners, she has led and managed various EJN activities and projects in the Philippines such as environmental reporting, training, mentorship, networking, climate change and biodiversity grants and developed mobile-based reporting. She is one of the first recipients of the Climate Change Media Partnership in 2007 and has since covered a series of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.
Florence Armein, Content Coordinator - Indonesia
Florence Armein is the Indonesia Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project where she manages Ekuatorial, a GeoJournalism site that uses geographic data and news stories to cover climate change in Indonesia. She joins EJN with over 10 years of experience in radio and television. At BeritaSatu Media Holdings, where she worked for five years, she managed a student publication, special media projects and established Indonesia’s first English news channel. Prior to her media work, Florence worked on development projects relating to judicial reform funded by MCC and USAID. Prior to joining EJN, Florence was working part-time as General Manager for Da Vinci Learning, a science and knowledge channel from Germany, and served as a Video Content Coordinator for the Indonesia Economic Forum and Indonesia Property Forum. Florence is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ramesh Bhushal, Content Coordinator - South Asia
Ramesh Bhushal is the South Asia Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project and he brings more than ten years of experience in environmental journalism to this role. He also serves as the Nepal Editor for EJN partner ‘The Third Pole’ – an environmental online magazine that focuses on the Himalayas. Prior to joining EJN, he served as the Environment Correspondent for The Himalayan Times, Nepal’s best selling English daily, with stints at Republica Daily, Ujyaalo Radio and the BBC’s Nepali Service. In addition to his media work, Ramesh has also served as a climate negotiator for the Nepali government at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2012 to 2014. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Sim Kok Eng Amy, Senior Asia Program Manager & EJN Asia-Pacific Manager
Sim Kok Eng Amy is Project Manager for Internews Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific project. After an initial career in journalism in Singapore, Amy joined the World Bank and spent almost ten years in Indonesia developing communication outreach strategies and managing community arts programs in villages across the country. More recently, she was part of a team that piloted a problem-driven approach to improving local government capacity in service delivery. At the London-based international NGO, ARTICLE 19, she led the Asia Program and managed projects that supported freedom of expression and access to information, including working with local NGOs to exercise their right to seek environmental information and hold polluters accountable for their actions.
Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director - The Third Pole
As Director of The Third Pole, a website run jointly by chinadialogue and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, Joydeep Gupta writes and commissions articles on climate change, biodiversity, water, pollution and sustainable development. He is a lead trainer at workshops for environmental journalists from South Asia and South-East Asia. Gupta covered the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, many UN climate summits and the biodiversity summit in Nagoya. He has reported for Indo-Asian News Service, The Statesman, The Sunday Observer and Sunday Mail, and is the Vice President of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India. For his contributions to environmental journalism, Gupta won the 2012 Green Globe Award at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. Joydeep teaches Environment Journalism at Jindal Global University in India and holds a Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York (UK).
Priestley Habru, Content Coordinator - Solomon Islands and the Pacific
Priestley Habru is the founding editor of the Island Sun Newspaper, one of only two daily newspapers in the Solomon Islands. Prior to establishing the Island Sun in 2006, he was a senior reporter and sports editor for the Solomon Star. In the fall of 2006, Priestley was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii and in 2019 he was one of 12 journalists selected from the Pacific to attend the East-West Center's inaugural Pacific Journalism Reporting Tour of the United States. Priestley also served as a Harry Brittian Fellow of the then-Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) to the UK in 2004 and took courses through an Australian Leadership Award for Gender Mainstreaming at Flinders University in Adelaide in 2011 and for a business reporting course at the Asia-Pacific Journalism Center in Melbourne in 2009. He earned a Master's of Arts in Global Media from the University of Adelaide in July 2019, has a postgraduate certificate in Gender Studies (2014) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Language and Literature (2002) from the University of the South Pacific. In addition to his EJN duties, he currently writes and edits news with specific interests on the environment, health and gender issues.
Donna Hoerder, Pacific Islands Partnership Coordinator
Based in the Fiji Islands, Donna has worked most of her life in the Pacific region with stints in Tanzania and the United States. In her capacity as a media and communications specialist for international and regional organisations, such as the United Nations Children's Fund, Forum Fisheries Agency and the Pacific Community, she has built a network of media, government and non-government partners. As the Pacific Partnerships Coordinator, she will work to build the capacity of media and other organisations that share a common goal with Internews.
Stella Paul, Project Officer - Environment and Health
Stella manages the Clean Air Catalyst and STOP Spillover projects and serves as a mentor for our Indigenous Reporting project. She has been working as a multimedia journalist, trainer and a communicator for over a decade. Stella grew up in northeastern India, where floods rendered her family homeless several times, an experience that later drove her into environmental journalism. She has reported from over 30 countries around the world so far and trained over 500 women journalists and activist-bloggers worldwide. For her journalism, especially her gender-sensitive environmental reporting on marginalized communities, she has won dozens of international and local awards, including the Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the Global Trailblazers Award from the European Commission. In 2014, the global advocacy group Women Deliver listed her as one of the 14 Most Powerful Writers on Women and Girls Health and Rights. Stella has a post-graduate degree in Literature and a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Law. She loves exploring cultures, and her free time is usually spent networking with community leaders from various countries, besides pampering her two cats.
Mona Samari, Project Manager - West Africa Fisheries Journalism Project
Seila Sar, Regional Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Seila Sar is the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Asia at Internews, based in Bangkok. He is a professional program evaluator with strong monitoring and evaluation skills. At Internews, he provides technical expertise in the design and implementation of the M&E and impact evaluation across the field offices in Asia. As a monitoring and evaluation specialist, Seila has more than 8 years of experience working with various non-profit organizations and academic institution in conducting project evaluations and research in the fields of media development, gender-based violence, agricultural development, human nutrition, and public health. He also has significant experience in data management and data analysis using advanced statistical methods. He previously worked for the BBC Media Action and The Asia Foundation (TAF) based in Cambodia. At TAF, he conducted the first ever television monitoring on violence against women (VAW) in Cambodia and has developed a practical guide to monitoring VAW in television. Seila holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Food Sciences from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Mike Shanahan, Project Manager - Illegal Wildlife Trade
Mike is a British biologist and freelance writer/editor whose work focuses on rainforests, climate change, biodiversity and related issues. He manages Internews’ Earth Journalism Network’s project on illegal wildlife trade, and previously managed its Biodiversity Media Initiative. In 2007, working with EJN and Panos London, Mike co-founded the Climate Change Media Partnership enabling journalists from developing countries to report on UN Climate Change Negotiations. Mike has also worked as the Press Officer for International Institute for Environment and Development where he published research and guidance on media coverage of environmental issues. Before this, he worked for the Environmental Justice Foundation and was the news editor of SciDev.Net. In 2005, he and his colleagues won the ‘Best Science Writing on the World Wide Web’ prize in the Association of British Science Writers Awards for their coverage of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Mike holds a Ph.D. in rainforest ecology from the University of Leeds. In 2016, he published a book called Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees.
Juthamas Sukitjanont, Program Coordinator - Asia-Pacific
Juthamas Sukitjanont (Jub) brings more than five years of experience in project development to EJN’s new Asia-Pacific project. Prior to joining Internews, she managed projects at a Thai media foundation, focusing on freedom of expression and human rights issues. She also served as an Administration and Finance Coordinator for a Child Rights program at Plan International. Jub has a Master’s degree in Communications from Chulalongkorn University and an MBA from Northern Arizona University. She is based at Internews’ office in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nantiya Tangwisutijit, Content Coordinator - Mekong Region
Nantiya Tangwisutijit is the Mekong Region Content Coordinator for EJN's Asia-Pacific project and Managing Editor of the GeoJournalism site Mekong Eye, a news and information resource that tracks environmental change in the region. She has more than three decades of experience in journalism and communications consulting. She began her career as an environmental reporter for The Nation newspaper in Bangkok, focusing extensively on development and natural resources management, before advancing to the position of Sunday Editor, then Associate Editor. She was also on the editorial team of the Asia News Network. In addition to her media experience, Nantiya has worked as the Communications Coordinator for the Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre, organizing media activities and implementing programs aimed at strengthening climate change adaptation planning capacities at local and national levels in Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal. More recently, she has worked as an independent communications consultant for The Asia Foundation’s river basins management program. Nantiya holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
Paritta Wangkiat (Mai), Project Officer - Mekong Journalism Fellowship
Paritta manages the implementation of the East-West Center Mekong Journalism Fellowship. Before joining EJN, Paritta worked as an award-winning journalist at the Bangkok Post, where she still writes a weekly column on politics, economics and the environment. She started her career as a landscape designer based in Vietnam, before briefly joining her architect friend to volunteer in India where she re-purposed her life for storytelling. In 2017, she was president of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, where she led projects to build the capacity of Thai and Mekong journalists. She likes immersing herself in anything about East Asia. She also loves music, art and patting her pets.
Other Frequent Contributors
David Akana is a seasoned journalist and media practitioner, with more than 15 years of experience in reporting development issues in Africa. He is currently the Managing Editor of InfoCongo and a consultant for the African Network of Environmental Journalists, an organization he helped create with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi. His articles have appeared in Reuters, Radio France International, Ground Report and The Post Newspaper in his native Cameroon. His extensive reporting career has included interviews with high-profile personalities such as the former military ruler of Mauritania, Ely Ould Mouhamed Vall; former President of Nigeria, H.E. Olusegun Obansanjo; and the former President of Senegal, H.E. Abdoulaye Wade. He is a graduate of the Multimedia Journalism program of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Gustavo Faleiros is an environmental journalist and media trainer who specializes in data-driven journalism. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gustavo previously served as EJN’s Manager. In 2012, he launched InfoAmazonia, a digital map that uses satellite and other data to monitor the Amazon rainforest, and he has brought this expertise to help support the project management of InfoCongo. He also helped create the Amazon Communications Network, which trained journalists and produced 200 stories about environmental issues in the region. The network sprang from earlier accomplishments at the Brazilian environmental news site O Eco, where Gustavo was an executive editor. Faleiros began his career as a reporter for Valor Econômico, Brazil’s main financial newspaper, where he covered issues related to infrastructure, energy and sanitation. He studied journalism at the Catholic University of São Paulo and obtained a masters degree at the King´s College Geography School on Environmental Policy and Globalization in London. From 2012 to 2014 he was a Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).
Fermín Koop is a mid-career reporter from Argentina specialized on environment and climate change. Based in Buenos Aires, he is currently an editor for the Southern Cone (Latin America) at Dialogo Chino news website, while also freelancing for Argentine media outlets such as Cronista, Aconcagua and Perfil. He is the co-founder of Claves21, a network of environmental reporters in Latin America, and a university professor on journalism. He has been a fellow and trainer at four COP climate change conferences with EJN, also engaging at several other training opportunities with EJN. He holds a bachelor degree in Journalism (Argentina), a postgraduate degree in Climate Change (Argentina) and a masters degree in Environment and Development (United Kingdom), obtained through the Chevening Scholarships.
Afy Malungu is a Kinshasa (DRC)-based journalist with many years of experience in online journalism. She is currently the French editor of InfoCongo, a GeoJournalism platform focused on the Congo Basin. Afy not only leads on InfoCongo's social media platforms but coordinates a network of experienced environmental reporters in the Central African region to produce compelling stories capturing numerous changes in the Congo Basin. She is also a social media and communication practitioner and uses her knowledge to train journalists and NGO members to master online and social media communication for advocacy. Prior to joining InfoCongo, Afy worked as an editor for several online media outlets in the DRC, and as the Senior Chief of Project for a public relations firm, where she was in charge of environmental and social communications. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a graduate degree in Organizations Communications from the Institut Facultaire des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (IFASIC) in Kinshasa and is very interested in staying abreast of the latest developments in this fast-changing media landscape.
Fiona Macleod is an award-winning investigative environmental journalist who is pioneering the use of new media tools to expose and track eco-offences. She currently heads up Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues.Oxpeckers hosts various geo-narrative platforms that use cutting-edge mapping techniques and forensic data tools to improve environmental reportage. The unit, based in Southern Africa, also manages transnational and transcultural collaborations among environmental journalists.Macleod won the prestigious SAB EnviroMedia Written Media Award in 2018 for collaborative multimedia journalism projects, and the Print and Online Award in October 2014 for the Oxpeckers Fellowship project. Under her leadership, Oxpeckers was 2019 Merit Award winner in the Asian Environmental Journalism Awards, 2017 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year, 2016 CNN Multichoice African Environment Journalist of the Year, and 2016 Journalist of the Year at the China Environmental Press Awards. Prior to founding Oxpeckers in 2013, Macleod worked as an award-winning journalist and editor at a range of the region’s top media. She served as environment editor at the Mail & Guardian newspaper for 10 years, and was awarded the coveted Nick Steele Award recognizing her contributions to environmental conservation through her pioneering reportage.
Jeff Rutherford is an American communications consultant, political ecologist and media trainer, long resident in Southeast Asia. Jeff studied journalism at the University of Illinois, winning national reporting awards, including first prize in the college category for the Robert F. Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism. He received an MA in political science from Northern Illinois University, where he was active with its Southeast Studies Center. He lived in Asia for 25 years, working as a writer, teacher, trainer and organic farmer. Jeff helped Internews and the Earth Journalism Workshop launch pioneering training programs for Myanmar journalists in both Thailand and Myanmar. He went on to collaborate with EJN as an environmental journalism trainer in Cambodia, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Jeff worked as editor and mentor with the EJN-inaugurated Climate Change Media Partnership at UN climate change talks for five consecutive years. He is now based in his native state of Illinois.
Mark Schapiro is an award-winning journalist with deep experience in investigative reporting, environmental journalism, and editing. He was Senior Correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where he pursued his own environmental investigations and helped to edit and shape investigations of colleagues. He is now a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism – in which he co-teaches a course incorporating investigative methodologies into science and environmental reporting, and which involves considerable editing and working closely with students to sharpen their work. His investigative work has been published in a range of magazines, including Mother Jones, The Nation, Harpers and Yale 360; on TV for PBS Frontline/World and NOW With Bill Moyers; and on radio, for Marketplace. His prior editing work, in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, includes Mother Jones, The Nation, George, and Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE). He is the author of three books – most recently, Seeds of Resistance – each of which investigates a different set of industries and their contributions to environmental and health abuses. Awards include a Kurt Schork Award for International Reporting, for an investigation into tobacco industry smuggling into Colombia (The Nation and NOW With Bill Moyers); a DuPont Award, for an investigation into post-invasion corruption in Iraq (with Adam Davidson, Marketplace radio); Sigma Delta Chi, for a documentary on how climate change is impacting California agriculture (KQED, California Watch); the Society of Environmental Journalists, for an investigation into how the owners of the Prestige oil tanker set out to avoid liability for one of the worst oil tanker spills in history (PBS FRONTLINE/World).
Michael Ohioze Simire is a Nigerian science journalist, environmentalist and urban planner. He is Editor-in-Chief of EnviroNews Nigeria, an online environment and development focused news magazine he co-founded in 2012. A winner of numerous Media Awards, he has over 25 years of experience as a journalist – having worked with The Guardian (Correspondent), The Punch (Assistant Editor), and Independent Newspapers (Deputy Editor, Sunday Independent), all in Lagos. As a member of EJN's Council of Partners, he has managed some EJN training and mentoring activities in Nigeria that has built capacity of local journalists, improved the quality of environment reporting in the country, and established the Network of Environmental Journalists in Nigeria (NEJiN) in 2014. He is founder of the Nigeria Network of Climate Communicators (NNCC). He is a member of a team managing EnviroNews Development Network (Endenet), a not-for-profit aimed at improving the capacity of national and regional environmental journalists. A Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), as well as Fellow of the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), he is widely travelled and has attended numerous international conferences, chief amongst is the yearly UN Climate Change negotiations. He is a trainer, youth mentor and team player. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Times Journalism Institute in Lagos, Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Master of Science (MSc) in Urban Planning from the University of Lagos.