“We are very fortunate to have one of the Ojai Valley’s most trenchant journalists join our Board, whose work we have long admired,” says Coalition President Ched Myers. “Kit has a long track record of paying close and critical attention to environmental issues. We are delighted to have him join our team; he has already contributed to the exciting wave of renewal of OVGC’s work.”
Our President is not overstating our admiration and gratitude, for Kit has been an important voice for Ventura County and the planet, reporting for nearly 20 years on science, the environment, and health, among other topics. He has written hundreds of newspaper stories for the Ventura County Star, the Ventura County Reporter, the Santa Barbara Independent, the Ojai Valley News, as well as for publications such as the California Health Report, Civil Eats, High Country Times, and essays, reviews, and profiles for the likes of the Los Angeles Times, Sierra, the Georgia Review, and Wild Earth.
Kit also won a Climate Action award in 2012 from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for his reporting on climate issues, and a Best Investigative Reporting award, 2nd place, from the California Newspapers Publishers Association for 2015, for his story on “The Hazardous Truth,” about the explosion in November 2014 at Santa Clara Waste Water in Santa Paula.
“I admire the Ojai Valley Green Coalition and greatly respect the work it has done over many years for the sake of Ojai, its people and a sustainable life in a beautiful environment” says Kit. “I hope to learn how to be a useful and productive addition to the Coalition. In fact, I am working on stories about the water situation for the Ojai Valley News and the Coalition as sort of a joint project.”
Kit moved to Upper Ojai in 1991 with his family, after living in Los Angeles and working for many years for Paramount Pictures as a story analyst. “I feel fortunate to have landed in Ojai,” says Kit who helped organize a panel discussion on drought at the Ojai Retreat and the Ojai Chautauqua panel discussions on fracking, immigration, and income inequality.
So what does Kit do for fun? “When not working or visiting with friends, I enjoy backpacking and am about halfway through section-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which I hope to finish sometime this decade. I usually hike regularly with family and/or friends and recently hiked near Yosemite with my daughter Emily”