Meet SEJ member Max Chesnes! Max is the environment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, where he reports on water quality, environmental justice, obscure Florida wildlife and everything in between. Prior to working for the Times, he covered environmental issues for Treasure Coast Newspapers and the USA Today network, where he focused on Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. He is 2023 energy journalism fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Max is also licensed to fly drones, and he is increasingly incorporating his aerial work into his storytelling.
When asked how SEJ makes his job easier, Max said, "I wouldn't be where I'm at in my career without SEJ's guidance. After attending the annual SEJ conferences in Flint, Fort Collins and Houston, I am a far more confident environmental reporter with a wealth of data tools, sources and resources at my disposal — and it's all thanks to SEJ." Join him — apply for SEJ membership.
Check out some of Max's work:
- "In the Florida Keys, Record Ocean Temps Spark Scramble To Save Dying Corals," July 25, 2023.
- "Florida Lawmaker Sponsored 'Radioactive Roads' Bill. Mosaic Threw Him a Fundraiser." June 14, 2023.
- "A New Hurricane Season Is Here. In Fort Myers Beach, the Old One Never Left." May 25, 2023.
- "In Tampa Bay, Boat Propellers Have Killed Seagrass. A New AI Mapping Project May Help." December 7, 2022.
- Drone work: "Drone Footage Shows Hurricane Nicole's Erosion on Florida East Coast," November 14, 2022.
- Interactive visuals: "How Hurricane Ian Swamped Florida Rivers: Before-and-After Photos Show Record Floods," October 26, 2022.
- "Hurricane Ian's Invisible Toll: At Least 41 Cases of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Confirmed," October 21, 2022.
- "'It'll Start To Kill Me.' Hurricane Ian Caused Gas and Chemical Spills, Records Show," October 5, 2022.
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