Our Staff

Myron Levin

Myron Levin | Founder/Executive Director

Myron founded FairWarning after more than 20 years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he was a member of the California investigations desk. He has won numerous honors and awards for his detailed investigations of health and safety matters, including an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship and the National Press Club’s Consumer Journalism Award. He has reported on the tobacco industry, auto and tire safety, and a variety of product liability issues. He was a research consultant for the documentary film “Addiction Incorporated,” which tells the story of former Philip Morris scientist and whistleblower Victor DeNoble. He likes hiking and playing racquetball, and he owns a small stake in the world’s greatest professional baseball team–the minor league Hillsboro Hops of the Northwest League. Myron is a member of FairWarning’s board of directors. email hidden; JavaScript is required

Myron Levin

John Hill | Deputy Editor

John has been a reporter and editor for three decades in California, New York City, New Orleans, Albuquerque and Honolulu. He investigated California state government for eight years as a reporter at The Sacramento Bee, and then worked in a California Senate office that analyzed the effectiveness of state programs, leading in many cases to legislation or administrative reforms. At Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit news outlet covering Hawaii, he wrote about a worker comp system heavily skewed against workers, illicit adoptions of babies from the Marshall Islands and questionable practices at a prominent drug treatment facility. He and a colleague won the George Polk Award and several other awards for reporting on abuses of the California pension and disability systems. In 2008, he was chosen as a Knight-Wallace Fellow to spend an academic year studying at the University of Michigan. He plays conga drums, loves to hike and ski and is the proud owner of the nation’s largest collection of Arnold Schwarzenegger bobbleheads.

Eli Wolfe

Eli Wolfe | Staff Writer

Eli worked as a staff reporter for the Daily Journal in Los Angeles, where he covered federal courts and law firm business. He has also worked as a freelancer in the Bay Area for several years, with his work appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle, California Magazine Online, Oakland Magazine, and several other regional publications. A San Francisco native, he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013 with a degree in history. Eli spends his down time exploring Los Angeles and reading about the origins of very bad movies.

Alexandra Tempus

Alexandra Tempus | Staff Writer

Allie was most recently associate editor of The Progressive magazine. She is a veteran climate journalist and the recipient of three climate reporting fellowships, with bylines in Rolling StoneOrionThe NationThe Progressive, Vice News, and elsewhere. Previously, she was a researcher at Rolling Stone, The Intercept, and BuzzFeed, and before that served as a lead researcher on Naomi Klein’s 2014 bestseller This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate. She reads almost exclusively nonfiction, listens to a lot of comedy podcasts, and drinks too much lemon-flavored seltzer.

Diana Hoff

Diana Hoff | Business Manager

Diana serves as vice president of Fluffco Investments, an active angel investment firm with direct investments in a large number of entrepreneurial companies. She is also the manager of The Renaissance Foundation which focuses on enhancing educational opportunities for first generation and financially needy students. Prior to Fluffco and The Renaissance Foundation, she held several management positions at Renaissance Bankcard Services and Sears Credit. Diana also serves on various boards and advisory committees for local non-profit and networking organizations in the Portland, Oregon, metro area, including Young Entrepreneurs Business Week and NAWBO Oregon.

Jessica McKenzie

Jessica McKenzie | Contributor

Jessica McKenzie is an independent journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. She frequently writes about the environment, agriculture, food safety, and health. Her work has been published in CityLab, The New Food Economy, and The New York Times, among others. For three years, she was the managing editor of the civic technology news site Civicist. When not working from her couch, she enjoys hiking and backpacking, gardening, and cooking. She also writes a newsletter about outdoor adventure and the environment called Pinch of Dirt.

Quentin Lueninghoener

Quentin Lueninghoener | Contributor

Quentin Lueninghoener is a graphic designer, illustrator and journalist based in Omaha, Neb. After earning a degree in News-Editorial from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Communication, he worked as a designer and artist at The Oregonian and The Omaha World-Herald. Quentin also was an in-house designer for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since 2012, he’s been running a design company, Hanscom Park Studio. When Quentin isn’t pushing pixels, he’s involved with historic preservation causes or working to rehab his 1890 Victorian home. He’s also a cyclist, music nerd and amateur historian.

Lynne Peeples

Lynne Peeples | Contributor

Lynne Peeples is a Seattle-based science journalist specializing in the environment and health. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington PostScientific AmericanUndark Magazine and other outlets. She holds an M.S. in biostatistics from Harvard and an M.A. in science journalism from New York University. When she’s not reporting or writing, Lynne is often hiking or running trails around the Pacific Northwest.

Amy Martyn | Contributor

Amy Martyn | Contributor

Amy Martyn is a freelance journalist who writes about healthcare, consumer issues, criminal justice and transportation. After receiving a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication, she worked for the L.A. Weekly and later the Dallas Observer. Her stories have also appeared in The Intercept, Motherboard, The Verge and CNN. When she’s not working, Amy likes long-distance running and cycling, and taking her dog to the beach.

Daniel Ross | Contributor

Daniel Ross | Contributor

Daniel Ross is a Los Angeles-based freelance reporter, working primarily on environmental issues. Along with FairWarning, his bylines have appeared in Newsweek, the Guardian, Salon, Vice, Truthout and YES! Magazine, among others. He also covers horseracing for a couple of trade publications. When not glued to the computer screen, he runs and reads, mainly books written by and about stuffy old Brits (as a reminder of his homeland).

Richard B. Schmitt | Contributor

Richard B. Schmitt | Contributor

Rick Schmitt has been a working journalist for more than 30 years. For two decades, he was a reporter and editor with the Wall Street Journal, including postings in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, where he covered the banking and oil industries, and the business of law. Rick was part of a WSJ team that won a 1997 George Polk award for reporting on dangerous diet drugs. He was also among the Journal reporters who covered the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida. From 2003 to 2008, he was the Justice Department correspondent in the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the Bush Administration’s war on terror, among other issues. Since 2009, he has found a silver lining in the woes of the newspaper business, working as a freelance writer out of his home in Maryland. He has profiled financial regulator Cassandra Brooksley Born, plumbed the workings of the FBI gun background check system, and chronicled the prosecution of Somali pirates. When he is not working, he is usually spending time with family or his 1933 Mason & Hamlin grand piano.

 Nate Seltenrich | Contributor

Nate Seltenrich | Contributor

Nate Seltenrich covers a wide range of topics related to science and the environment from Sonoma County, California. He has been freelancing since 2004 and was on staff at the Oakland independent newsweekly East Bay Express from 2005 to 2013. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has contributed to just about every newspaper and magazine in the region, as well as to national outlets including High Country NewsEnvironmental Health NewsYale Environment 360, and the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. His work covers subjects as diverse as environmental and household pollutants, human health, public lands, urban infrastructure, climate change and sea-level rise, renewable energy, waste management, conservation and ecology, restoration and adaptation, and outdoor recreation. He is also a part-time stay-at-home dad, an avid trail runner, and an aspiring homesteader.

Christopher Jensen | Contributor

Christopher Jensen | Contributor

Christopher Jensen worked at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland for almost 30 years, covering desegregation, the 1979 refugee crisis on the Thai-Cambodian border, fraud by international charities, the first Gulf War and the decline of the American auto industry. In 2007, he moved to Bethlehem, N.H. For the last decade he has freelanced extensively on automotive safety for The New York Times and reported for New Hampshire Public Radio and The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism. He was an Army photographer in Vietnam and covered combat operations in Vietnam and Cambodia. When Chris is not working, he enjoys hiking, skiing and snowshoeing in the White Mountains.