Hello from Roanoke! This is John Sutter, a guest blogger on this site. I'm in Roanoke early for a fellowship with the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. The weather is beautiful, the leaves are turning and the class sessions have been quite informative so far.
I live in Oklahoma City and recently started an environmental news blog at https://concretebuffalo.blogspot.com. My portfolio is up at https://jdsutter.com. I'm pumped for this week full of learning and fun, especially a rafting trip down the James River, where we'll learn about the impact of agriculture on water quality. That particular trip interested me because Oklahoma's attorney general is suing several poultry companies over alleged water pollution. I made my first hike in the mountains here on Saturday with a friend who works for the Roanoke Times. She was an excellent tour guide, and the view of the Blue Ridge from "sharp point" at the top of the hike was stunning.
Until Wednesday, I was the environment reporter at The Oklahoman, the state's largest newspaper. I was cut as part of a major layoff at the paper, and am trying to use my newfound freedom as an excuse to try some new and fun things. There's not much environmental reporting going on in Oklahoma, but the issues are important, so I'd like to contribute as much as I can.
More to come ...