• Samuel Fromartz is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief. He is an author and veteran journalist who focuses on the intersection of the environment, food and farming. He began his career at Reuters news agency in the mid-1980s, working as a correspondent in Washington and as deputy editor for the Reuters Business Report in New York. Since leaving the news agency, his articles have appeared in Inc., Fortune, Business Week, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is the author of Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew (Harcourt, 2006) about the evolution of the organic foods industry. His most recent book, In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey (Viking, 2014), was a memoir that explored bakers, grains and bread. It won the IACP award for Literary Food Writing in 2015 and was short-listed for The Art of Eating book prize. Since serving as the founder editor of FERN, the organization has won two James Beard journalism awards. It also won a journalism award from IACP. He lives in Washington, D.C. and blogs at ChewsWise.com. He can be reached at sam@thefern.org.

  • Tom Laskawy is a co-founder, Publisher and Executive Director of FERN. A veteran of both online and traditional media with over twenty years of management and strategic planning experience for startup organizations in film, television, and the Internet, he was also a Contributing Writer at Grist magazine where he covered food politics and the environment. His writing has been published online in the American Prospect, Slate, The New York Times and The New Republic. He can be reached at toml@thefern.org.

  • Brent Cunningham is Executive Editor. Cunningham was deputy editor of the Columbia Journalism Review from 2001-2014. He has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Nation, Pacific Standard, Lapham’s Quarterly, CNN.com and Nieman Reports. His critical writing about the media was included in the anthology Our Unfree Press: One Hundred Years of Radical Media Criticism. And his writing about food was selected for the Best Food Writing anthology in 2012 and 2014. He is writing a book about how to change America’s food culture. He can be reached at brent@thefern.org.

  • George Black

    George Black is Editor-at-Large. In his 30 years in journalism, including stints as foreign editor of The Nation and a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, George Black has written about everything from the civil wars in Central America and the democracy movement in China to climate change in South Asia and energy conflicts in the American West. From 2004-2014 he was executive editor of OnEarth magazine, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He continues to write a regular column for onearth.org and is a frequent contributor to the newyorker.com. His most recent book, Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone, was a finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A frequent traveler to India, he is now at work on a new book, his seventh–a personal journey through the history and culture of the Ganges, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2016. He can be reached at info@thefern.org

  • Dana Dugan is Audience Engagement Editor. In 2000, she began her work in the environmental sciences as a consultant in the private sector, analyzing the effects of transportation-based projects on natural resources. Prior to that she interned at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and was also involved with the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s summer camp program. In 2007, she decided that she truly missed working in the nonprofit sector and dove into the world of nonprofit reporting, joining the team at Environmental Health News/The Daily Climate. She became their assistant editor and took on the task of developing and managing their social media presence until the end of 2014. Dana is a Philadelphia native currently residing in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at dana@thefern.org

  • Dennis Chamberlin is the Director of Photography. He is an associate professor at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University where he teaches photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. He has over 25 years experience as a photojournalist for a variety of publications including National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and TIME. A former staff photographer at The Denver Post, he was also a member of the staff atThe Fort Wayne News-Sentinel that was awarded a Pulitzer in 1983. He grew up in the midwest, spent most of his career working in Europe and now calls Iowa home. He can be reached at dennis@thefern.org.

  • Elizabeth Royte is a Contributing Editor. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash; Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It; and The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest, and has written on environmental issues for The New York Times magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, and other magazines. Royte is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor for OnEarth magazine. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing for 2004 and for 2009, the environmental omnibus “Naked,” and Outside Magazine‘s “Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison.” A former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, she is the recipient of Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service.

  • Chuck Abbott is Editor of FERN’s Ag Insider. With three decades of Washington experience, Abbott is an old hand at covering U.S. food and agriculture policy at the national level, ranging from the “Nutrition Facts” labels on food and the never-ending tussle over food stamp rules to renovation of the farm program. Abbott, who grew up on a farm in northern Illinois, was a long-time Reuters commodities correspondent in Washington after a stint as national farm editor for United Press International. You can sign up for his daily newsletter, the Ag Insider, here on our Web site. He can be reached at chuck@thefern.org.

  • Leah Douglas is an associate editor and staff writer at FERN. Prior to joining the team, she worked for three years as a reporter and policy analyst with the Open Markets Institute, where she researched economic consolidation and monopolization in the food and agriculture industry. She founded and wrote Food & Power, a first-of-its kind resource on food sector consolidation. Her writing on food, agriculture, and land policy has appeared in The Nation, the Washington Monthly, the Journal of Food Law and Policy, CNN, Fortune, Time, Slate, Daily Yonder, Civil Eats, and more. Leah has held a variety of jobs in the food system, including working on farms, co-running a CSA, and facilitating the development of rural food buying co-ops.

  • Courtney Eshleman is Director of Development. She has years of experience in membership and fundraising. Her prior ventures in development were at the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and Longwood Gardens. Courtney grew up in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where her family has farmed for many generations. She currently resides in Philadelphia. She can be reached at courtney@thefern.org.