Hi there, I’m Max Chesnes, the environment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. I report on water quality, environmental justice, obscure Florida wildlife and everything in between. Prior to working for the Times, I covered environmental issues for Treasure Coast Newspapers and the USA Today network, where I focused on Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon in Florida.
I was named a 2022 journalism fellow at the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute. I’m also a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a recipient of an SEJ national reporting award, the Poole Endowment for Environmental Writing, and first place recognitions from the Florida Society of News Editors and the Green Eyeshade Awards.
I studied both journalism and sustainability at the University of Florida, graduating in May 2019. (Go gators!) I’m also licensed to fly drones.