About

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Timothy Lesle is an independent multimedia journalist living in San Francisco. Tim tends to look for stories that involve people, science, and the environment. But that’s a jumping-off point: to money and business, technology, architecture and design, resource extraction, the movement of people, politics.

He has reported in China and India; done geological work in the Rockies, the Southwest, New England, Alaska, and Latin America; and grew up in the U.S. Air Force. His undergraduate degree is in earth sciences from Dartmouth College, and he has a master’s degree from Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

His work has appeared in FRONTLINE/World, California Magazine, Dwell, and The New York Times Magazine. He has helped train journalists in video, photo, and audio recording and editing, web design, and online storytelling at the Knight Digital Media Center workshops. He has also worked as an editor and graphic designer.

If you need more details, check out his résumé.

You can also look at a map of his biography.

Or go ahead and read or watch some of his stories.

Highlights of his experience include:

  • Reporting in China. The work from two of projects in China have earned awards: the Susan Meiselas Award for Excellence in Photojournalism for “Boom Times”, on the effects of coal mining in Shanxi Province; and the Knight Award for Best Piece of Narrative Journalism on a Science or Environmental Subject for the investigative multimedia story “Green Dreams”. Tim was invited to speak at the USGBC’s Greenbuild conference on “Green Dreams” in 2008.
  • Attending Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and working with journalists including Michael Pollan, Lowell Bergman, Orville Schell, Sandy Tolan, Cynthia Gorney, Paul Grabowicz, and Russ Rymer.
  • Founding the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. This science magazine has published continuously since 1999.
  • Appearing on Jeopardy!, of all things.
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