James Fahn

James Fahn
James Fahn 
Global Director of Environmental Programs
Internews

James Fahn is the Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs and a Lecturer at UC-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He also serves as the executive director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, which connects over 4,500 journalists covering environmental issues around the world.

Fahn is a journalist who has primarily focused on environmental and science issues in developing countries. For nine years during the 1990s, Fahn was based in Thailand where he was a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper based in Bangkok, and hosted a television show. His book, "A Land on Fire" recounts the issues and scandals he uncovered while working on the environmental beat in Southeast Asia.

He has also written for the New York Times, The Economist, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Fahn was the co-founder of the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists, the country director for Internews’ Burma program, and has also worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development.

He has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College. Fahn received UNEP’s Global 500 Award for The Nation’s environmental reporting, and was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand.

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