Chris Clarke's Résumé

Free-lance Writer
01/92 to present
I have written articles ranging from consumer advocacy to fiction to cultural analysis for publications across the United States, as well as in Japan and the UK. My emphases include environmental politics, science, and natural history. Current works in progress include a book on the flora of the Mojave Desert. Write near-daily posts at highly acclaimed blog Creek Running North (

Publications Director
Earth Island Institute
Managed all aspects of Earth Island Institute's Publications Department, including production of quarterly magazine Earth Island Journal (circ 20,000), email newsletter Island Wire, web site and other organizational publications. Supervised redesign of Earth Island Journal in 2002. Launched successful journalism internship program. Consolidated job descriptions and streamlined workflow after budget forced staff cutbacks in 2003. Managed Publications Department staff, contractors, freelancers, volunteers and interns. Broke stories in each issue, some of which were later covered by major news organizations. Wrote large percentage of content including several cover stories. Shot occasional cover photos.

Garden Columnist
Contra Costa Times, Knight-Ridder
Wrote features and biweekly column, The Irascible Gardener, for Contra Costa Times Home and Garden Section. The column was reprinted frequently in newspapers across the United States.

Faultline Magazine
04/1997 to 06/2003.
Planned and implemented launch in June 2001 of California-based environmental web publication. Developed site design and structure. Edited several stories and published at least weekly. Responsible for organizational development and publicity.

Assignment Manager
Verde Media
02/2000 to 06/2000
Assigned, tracked and edited stories for startup environmentally-oriented new media company. Set up newsroom with largest environmental reporting staff in the country. Monitored wire newsfeeds and managed contracts with wire services. Worked closely with Managing Editor to supervise section editors and reporters, set daily priorities and plan long-range editorial strategy. Acted as mentor-adviser to junior editors and writers. Worked with software vendor to design user interface for proprietary content management system. Wrote static site content and feature stories. Edited Home and Garden section.

Editor in Chief
Earth Island Journal
01/1999 to 07/1999
Edited copy, researched stories, wrote features and news items, and supervised production of award-winning quarterly environmental journal. Managed all aspects of production, content generation and management of Earth Island Journal during sabbatical of long-time Editor-In-Chief. Improved research standards and refined magazine design. Increased staff motivation and morale by revising management policies. Balanced workflow for story development and overall task loads of magazine staff.

Earth Island Journal
01/1998 to 12/1998
Edited copy, researched stories, wrote features and news items, and supervised production of quarterly publication. Rapidly developed bridges between various departments and projects of Earth Island organization. Provided managerial support under Editor-in-Chief. Requested by organization directors to act as Editor-in-Chief for two issues, and given broad discretion to introduce editorial and design improvements.

California Department of Education
06/1996 to 06/2000
Consultant/writer for California Guide to Environmental Literacy. Wrote natural and social history component of model curriculum in development by California Department of Education's environmental education office. Consulted with team of writers and editors.

Radio Talk-show Host
Terra Infirma/Terra Verde, KPFA FM
05/1996 to 06/1998
Interviewed guests and presented programmed content for weekly hour-long environmental radio show. Wrote news and program scripts. Interviews included Barbara Dudley, head of Greenpeace USA, with Nigerian activists from Cross-Rivers State; Judi Bari, late forest protection and labor activist.

Terrain, Berkeley Ecology Center
06/1992 to 10/1997
Produced monthly environmental publication with a reputation for scientific rigor, quality writing, balanced research, and a lively and humorous editorial voice. Developed writers and expert resources throughout California. Wrote monthly news columns, editorials, selected features. Researched wide range of environmental topics. Interviewed newsmakers, authors and scientists. Assigned, developed, and edited stories. Designed layout, artwork, fonts. Managed distribution and subscription fulfillment, ad sales. Supervised paid staff, interns, volunteers. Spoke on environmental issues at conferences, workshops. Developed special theme issues. Spearheaded transition from newspaper to magazine format in late 1995.

Contributing Writer
Berkeley Insider
09/1994 to 06/1996
Wrote regular gardening column and ecologically-oriented features for local lifestyle magazine.

Wilderness Press
05/1992 to 09/1993
Wrote updates for two Sierra Nevada trail guides (John Muir and Tahoe-Yosemite trails). Hiked trails, then noted changes to be made in trail guide descriptions.

Prior employment:
From 1982-1991 I worked in a variety of positions, self-employed and otherwise, involving horticulture and gardening: nursery management, landscaping company management, and horticultural consulting being my main emphases at the time.

I have been involved in progressive activist politics since 1974. Issues I have worked on include, in roughly chronological order, the Attica prison riot defense, local food politics and cooperative economics, anti-war activities, fighting efforts in the late 1970s and early 1980s to reinstate the draft, Native rights and sovereignty issues, and environmental issues, which last item is described in some detail above. From 1980 through 1985 I was a public draft registration refuser, and worked with groups of anti-draft organizers in Upstate New York and Berkeley, California. During this time I appeared on dozens of radio shows across the country, and on about a dozen television news interview shows and televised press conferences discussing my refusal to register for the draft.

Other Skills
Mac OS, Windows. Detailed experience with a wide variety of graphics, print and web publishing software.

Experienced public speaker. Broad expertise in natural history, gardening, and other scientific fields. Other interests include history, paleontology, wilderness travel.