Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a journalist and photographer based in Port Jervis, NY and Alexandria, Va.

About me

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Bobby Magill is a journalist covering energy, public lands and climate change for Bloomberg Environment in Washington, D.C. He is president of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), a position he has held since 2016. SEJ is the world's largest organization of media professionals who cover the environment. 

Bobby is also a member of the National Association of Science Writers and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

At Bloomberg Environment, Bobby covered international climate negotiations at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, and has written extensively on renewable energy, public lands and energy policy with a focus on offshore wind development, negative carbon emissions and international climate policy.

In October 2019, Bobby traveled to Madrid to serve on the seven-member jury for the Fundación BBVA Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication.

Previously, Bobby covered energy for Climate Central in New York City. His work there appeared in Scientific American, the Guardian, Bloomberg News, Grist, Salon, Quartz, and other publications. His freelance work has appeared in Climate Liability News, Popular Mechanics,, High Country News and the New Mexico Business Journal. 

Bobby spent the first decade of his career covering local government, public lands and environmental issues for newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico, including the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel, the Glenwood Springs (Colo.) Post Independent, the Taos News (Taos, N.M.), the Mountain Mail (Socorro County, N.M.) and the Defensor Chieftain (Socorro, N.M.). 

Bobby's landscape and cityscape photography has appeared in several galleries in the Denver and Fort Collins areas. 

In a different life, Bobby served three summers as a ranger and ranger trainer at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and worked as a wilderness guide for a private summer camp in Durango, Colo.

Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Bobby grew up on James Island, S.C., and graduated from the College of Charleston. He lives with his husband Jacob in Alexandria, Va. and Port Jervis, N.Y. 

Bobby has visited:

• 49 states (sorry, Alaska)

• 9 state high points: New Mexico, Maine, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia and North Carolina

• 34 national parks

• 12 foreign countries: Mexico, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Spain and Australia

• 10 foreign national capitals: Ottawa, Reykjavik, Copenhagen, London, Dublin, Berlin, Stockholm, Prague, Madrid and Canberra

• 6 Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

• Every county in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

He doesn’t sit still for long.

The Society of Environmental Journalists 2019 Board of Directors. #SEJ2019