Reporting on Biodiversity and Conservation
James Fahn is the Executive Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over 5,000 reporters who cover environmental topics. A journalist who has primarily focused on environmental issues in developing countries, James is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches a graduate level class on international environmental reporting.
He has spent the bulk of his professional career based in Thailand 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, Newsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review.
He managed Internews’ Burma 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.