Introducing the 2019 Crown Reporting Fellows, Mentors

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Jim Robbins and Kevin Trevellyan

Two award winning reporters and authors have been named the Crown Reporting Project mentors for 2019.

Jim Robbins, a prolific author and long-time reporter for The New York Times, will work with Crown reporting fellow Kevin Trevellyan. Robbins is based in Helena, Montana, and travels throughout the West for his reporting.

Trevellyan pitched a story about emerging agricultural practices to win a 2019 Crown Reporting Fellowship.

Ben Goldfarb is an independent journalist living in Spokane, Washington. His 2018 book “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter” won the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, among other accolades.

Goldfarb will be working with Crown reporting fellow Maxine Speier. Speier pitched a story about under-examined trends affecting communities at risk of wildfire to win a 2019 Crown Reporting Fellowship.

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Ben Goldfarb and Maxine Speier.

The Crown Reporting Project was established in 2014 to promote quality storytelling about climate, communities and conservation in the Crown of the Continent region.

The project pairs emerging journalists with seasoned pros to pursue stories that focus on the vast landscapes and small communities between the Bitterroot Valley in Montana,Β  and British Columbia.

The highly competitive mentoring program was made possible by a generous gift in memory of conservation pioneer Ted Smith.