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New reporters will expand our coverage in VA, PA

  • By Karl Blankenship on April 07, 2017

With this issue, we welcome two new reporters to our staff who will help us bolster our presence throughout the watershed, particularly in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Donna Morelli has worked for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Pennsylvania Office for a dozen years. In the last decade, she’s served as the director of the office, where she has gained extensive knowledge of state environmental issues, especially stormwater management. She has also worked for the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Prior to her environmental work, she spent six years as a newspaper reporter with the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. She has a double degree in English/rhetoric and environmental studies from Binghamton University. She lives in Carlisle, PA.

William H. “Bill” Funk has a master’s degree in environmental policy and a J.D. from the Vermont Law School. For most of the last decade, he has worked as a freelance journalist, a documentary filmmaker and an environmental attorney. His print and online articles have appeared in Discover, Yale Environment360,, Vice|, Sierra, Virginia Wildlife, Virginia Sportsman and many other publications. Before that, he held a variety of positions with law firms and environmental organizations in Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley.

Chesapeake Bay Summit

It’s that time of year again. With journalist Frank Sesno moderating, Maryland Public Television’s The Chesapeake Bay Summit 2017 explores how far the Bay cleanup has progressed since new anti-pollution regulations were introduced in 2010. A panel of Bay experts looks ahead to see what work must still be done to meet federal clean water goals set for 2025. Bay Journal managing editor Tim Wheeler and other panelists will also assess the potential impacts of federal budget cuts. The third annual summit, a part of MPT’s Chesapeake Bay Week programming, will air at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Look for it on many other public television stations; check their program listings for dates and times.

Beautiful Swimmers Revisited

Speaking of MPT’s Bay Week programming, you have another chance to see Beautiful Swimmers Revisited, the documentary about blue crabs produced by the Bay Journal. The film revisits many of the people and places that William Warner chronicled in his book, Beautiful Swimmers, which was awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Directed by Sandy Cannon-Brown, the film features still images and video shot by Bay Journal photographer David Harp, making his first foray into feature film cinematography. Dave’s frequent collaborator, author and Bay Journal columnist Tom Horton, is the star, taking viewers on his skiff through the marshes of Smith and Tangier islands and along the hardened shorelines closer to Annapolis. It airs on MPT at 10 p.m. on April 26.

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