Meet the reporter and photographer

Craig Welch has been writing about the environment and natural resources for The Seattle Times for more than 13 years. He is a two-time winner of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ top prize for beat reporting and is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

His book “Shell Games,” a nonfiction detective story about wildlife smugglers, won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award in 2011. Welch has worked for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Idaho.

He has been writing about the impacts of ocean acidification on Northwest marine life since 2009.

Steve Ringman has been a photographer at The Seattle Times since 1991. His passion for stories involving environmental issues has taken him around the world.

Ringman was twice named national Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. He was a co-winner of the Knight Foundation’s Risser Prize for his photos documenting landslides caused by over-logging. Most recently, he won an award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for coverage of the removal of the Elwha River dams.

A native of Washington state, Ringman started his career at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was part of a team providing the first extensive coverage of people with AIDS.

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