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Rhett Butler

Rhett Butler

Founder and CEO of Mongabay

Rhett Butler is the Founder and CEO of Mongabay, a popular environmental journalism platform that publishes original content in English, Spanish, Indonesian, and Brazilian Portuguese. Mongabay has five bureaus and a network of more than 500 contributing reporters in 70 countries.

In the course of his reporting on forests, oceans, and conservation issues, Rhett has traveled widely, spending time in threatened landscapes with indigenous peoples, endangered animals, and heroic environmental defenders.

Beyond Mongabay, his writing and photography has appeared in hundreds of publications ranging from Yale e360 to BBC News to the Straits Times. Rhett’s work on conservation technology, deforestation, and commodity supply chains has been published in academic journals like Science and Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and profiled by publications like The Wall Street Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Rhett is the first and only journalist to win the Parker/Gentry Award, a conservation prize given annually by the Field Museum in Chicago.

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