Most recent work

Sierra Magazine

Can the U.S. military do for environment protection what it did for integration? An interview with Sierra Magazine about Unlikely Ally.

Los Angeles Times

Camp Pendleton, photo by Marilyn Berlin Snell

"Let the military help in the climate fight," an op-ed about how California seriously restricts the green energy its bases can produce.

Medium

"My Letter of Resignation Was an Entire Issue of a National Magazine" -- a personal essay about how I quit my job.


Read about the soundtrack to this story.

Climate + Environment

"A Few Good Species"

Major General Michael Lehnert, 2006

This 2006 profile of Camp Pendleton's Major General Michael Lehnert was the first step in what ultimately became Unlikely Ally: How the military fights climate change and protects the environment.

"Climate Exchange: Cool heads tackle our hottest issue"

It wasn't easy corralling venture capitalists, scientists, politicians, and environmentalists for a solutions-oriented conversation but I did it.

"Power Lunch"

What happens when energy executives sit down with labor leaders and environmentalists? Good things, it turns out.

Stephen Schneider interview

One of the last interviews with the climate scientist and Nobel laureate before his untimely death.

"The Soul of Green Machines"

Gearheads and engineers to the rescue

"Power Hungry"

A personal journey into a very heated debate about energy in Arizona and the American West.

Profiles of environmentalists + stories about people

"Straight Shooter"

A Wyoming hunter fights for a West left wild.

"Bulldozers and Blasphemy"

In Latin America, Catholics are standing up to those who covet their gold and timber.

"Navajo Monster Slayers"

As corruption plagues the West's largest tribe, reformers struggle for traction.

"Law and Nature' Order"

A convicted felon finds redemption.

"Going for Broke"

How a copper giant plans to make the public pay for its toxic mess.

"The Cost of Doing Business"

One man's guilty conscience led to the revelation that a US-based mining company was funding terrorists in the Philippines. An ABC Investigates story based on my reporting was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005.

interviews

Early in my career, I sat down with some amazing people for in-depth conversations.

These include:


NELSON MANDELA

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR

MAYA ANGELOU

OCTAVIO PAZ

IVAN ILLICH

CARLOS FUENTES

HUSTON SMITH

ARATA ISOZAKI

LEOPOLD KOHR

HANS JURGEN SYBERBERG

COSTA GAVRAS

MARGARET ATWOOD

JAMAICA KINCAID

ANGELA DAVIS

ISABELLE ALLENDE

WENDELL BERRY

FRANK GEHRY

JESSE JACKSON

GISH JEN

RICHARD RODRIGUEZ

CORNEL WEST


These early conversations (mostly for New Perspectives Quarterly 1988-1993 but also for Mother Jones) shaped the way I understand power and its attendant responsibilities; wisdom and creativity and how these gifts can remake the world; and how rare humility is. My later profiles focused deliberately on people out of the spotlight who are, nonetheless, fighting the good fight and making a difference.