Water Deeply is an independent digital media project dedicated to covering the water crises in California and the American West. Our team, a mix of journalists and technologists, aims to build a better user experience of the story by providing news and analysis in an easily accessible platform. Our hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding and more sustained public engagement at a critical moment in water policy.
Water Deeply is a part of News Deeply, a new media startup and social enterprise based in New York. We are registered as a B Corp, or Benefit Corporation, with the stated mission of advancing foreign policy literacy through public service journalism. We receive no government funding, instead earning our revenues through a mix of foundation grants and digital-design services. Our client partners include the World Economic Forum, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Baker Institute at Rice University.
We want anyone who comes to Water Deeply to walk away smarter and better informed about what’s happening in our world. We are fielding your feedback and story ideas through [email protected].
Tara Lohan, Managing Editor
Tara Lohan is managing editor of Water Deeply. She’s been writing about the confluence of water and energy issues for more than 15 years and spent seven years as a managing editor at AlterNet. She’s the editor of two books on the global water crisis and her work has been published by the Nation, Salon, the American Prospect and others. She holds a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Middlebury College and a master’s in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. She tweets from @TaraLohan and lives in San Francisco. You can email her at [email protected].
Matt Weiser, Contributing Editor
Matt Weiser is a contributing editor at Water Deeply and helped launch the organization as its first managing editor in June 2015. He has covered environmental issues in California for 30 years as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. From 2005 to 2015, he covered water, flood control and natural resources at The Sacramento Bee newspaper, where he earned numerous awards for his reporting.
Chris Bowman, Contributing Editor
Chris is one of the nation’s most experienced environmental journalists, having worked many sides of the beat in his 24 years at The Sacramento Bee. Several of his investigative stories have led to state and federal reforms. He is the first U.S. journalist to be appointed Environmental Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, awarding him a year of study in 1994-95. More recently, Chris immersed himself in the California drought as communications director with the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California – Davis. When he’s not deep into water, he skims its surface as a competitive oarsman with the River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento.
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Water Deeply always welcomes tips, story pitches and op-ed submissions about the California drought and the water crisis throughout the west.
- Send your tips to our managing editor.
- Our community section accepts op-ed submissions from researchers, community leaders and policymakers. We consider op-eds that are between 600 and 800 words, are well-argued and not overly promotional. Email our managing editor with a finished op-ed or a proposal.
- For story pitches, contact our managing editor. We accept brief proposals for medium-length news features and interviews, as well as audio stories, videos and photo essays.
We regret that, owing to the volume of submissions we receive, we may contact only writers whose work we will commission.