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Chris Bowman

Chris Bowman Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board Capital Public Radio, Environment-Energy Initiative

Chris Bowman is one of the nation's most experienced environmental journalists, having worked all sides of the beat in his 24 years as a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee. Several of his investigative stories have led to state and federal environmental reforms. His honors include winner of the national Roy W. Howard Award for Public Service Reporting, the national Edward Willis Scripps Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment and the McClatchy President's Award for journalism excellence.

Bowman was the first U.S. journalist to be appointed Environmental Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, awarding him a year of study in 1994-95. The fellowship inspired him to mentor journalists abroad, including a three-month stint in Zimbabwe as a 1998 Senator John Heinz Fellow in International Environmental Reporting. More recently, Bowman taught environmental journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and served on the board of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He instigated the nation's first climate change forum for top news executives as co-chair of SEJ's 2007 conference at Stanford University.

Bowman began his reporting career at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and The Hartford Courant. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from UC Davis. He currently works as a writer and editor at the California Air Resources Board.