Watchdog Reporting on the Pandemic’s Effect on the US Food System

Sam Fromartz ’80, editor in chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) produces award-winning, high-impact investigative and explanatory reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health. Since early 2020, FERN has been at the forefront of tracking the spread of Covid-19 at meatpacking plants, food processing facilities, and farms. Join us for a conversation with Sam where he’ll share insights from his team’s reporting on how Covid-19 continues to affect our food supply, the farm and food workers we rely upon, and issues around food access. The format will be a 40-min interview followed by 20-min Q&A, using Zoom. Interviewer: Reed Trustee John Sheehy ’82.

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Speaker’s bio:

Sam Fromartz ’80 is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN). A history major at Reed, he is an author and veteran journalist who focuses on the intersection of the environment, food, and farming. He began his career at Reuters news agency in the mid-1980s, working as a correspondent in Washington and as deputy editor for the Reuters Business Report in New York. Since leaving the news agency, his articles have appeared in Inc., Fortune, Business Week, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is the author of Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew (Harcourt, 2006) about the evolution of the organic foods industry. His last book, In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey (Viking, 2014), was a memoir that explored bakers, grains, and breadmaking. It won the IACP award for Literary Food Writing in 2015 and was short-listed for The Art of Eating book prize. Since serving as the founding editor of FERN, the organization has won three James Beard journalism awards and several other media awards. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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