Bobby Magill

Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President

Bobby Magill covered the northern Colorado fracking boom on the environment beat for the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper from 2009 to 2013. Today, Bobby is SEJ President and a reporter covering energy and public lands for Bloomberg Environment in Washington, D.C. Previously, he covered energy and climate change for Climate Central in New York City, and was an environment reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on Colorado's Western Slope.

Bobby is speaking at

October 9, 2019
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, CSU's Lory Student Center


  • Susan Moran (Emcee) co-host of How On Earth science show, KGNU radio station
  • Josh Zaffos (Emcee) High Country News/ Colorado State University and Conference Co-Chair
  • Joel Berger (Speaker) Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation, Department of FWC Biology, Colorado State University; Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society; and Author, “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” and “The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World”
  • Autumn Bernhardt (Speaker) Lecturer, Colorado State University
  • Dominique David-Chavez (Speaker) Native Nations Institute & Colorado State University
  • Camille Dungy (Speaker) English Department
  • Kathleen Galvin (Speaker) Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Director of the Africa Center, Colorado State University
  • Bobby Magill (Speaker) Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President
  • Rick Miranda (Speaker) Provost and Executive Vice President, Colorado State University
  • Cary Morin (Musician) Guitar Picker, Performer and Crow Tribal Member
  • Diana Wall (Speaker) University Distinguished Professor, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University


The bar opens early, so grab a drink and mingle. Chat with colleagues and network with sources. Browse the creations of Colorado artists and learn about groundbreaking research on environmental issues at a scientists' poster session. Elected officials, renowned scientists, Native American leaders and distinguished writers will share welcoming remarks and brief presentations to introduce you to Colorado and the conference. A state known for its towering mountains, rivers and a booming recreation economy, Colorado is a leader in renewable energy development and climate action. At the same time, the state has welcomed and benefited economically from an oil and gas boom, and it is now grappling with how to balance these seemingly conflicting ideals and goals.

Colorado is also home to pioneering national labs and research institutions. Tonight you’ll learn how research by Colorado scientists spans the globe — from the Far North to the South Pole — in both geographic reach and impact.

3:45-5:30 p.m.   Meet & Greet, open bar
5:30-6:00 p.m.   Close bar, move bar, set up cash bar
6:00-7:00 p.m.   Poster session, cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres
7:00-8:15 p.m.   Program and cash bar

October 10, 2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


  • Bobby Magill (Tour Leader) Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President
  • Jason Plautz (Tour Leader) Reporter, Freelance Writer
  • Patricia Nelson (Speaker) Local Activist
  • Gabrielle Petron (Speaker) Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jim Ramey (Speaker) Colorado State Director, The Wilderness Society
  • Craig Rasmuson (Speaker) Executive Vice President, SRC Energy
  • Kathleen Sgamma (Speaker) President, Western Energy Alliance
  • Shirley Smithson (Speaker) Holistic Health Instructor, Private Business and Front Range Community College


(5:30 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)

This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.

Due to weather conditions, the sunrise hike and visit to NOAA has been cancelled.

Drilling rigs have become as much a part of the landscape of northern Colorado as the panoramic views of the Rockies. Residents in the far suburbs of Denver and Greeley live with one foot in the booming Colorado tech and tourism economy, and the other in an oil and gas industrial zone. On this tour, we’ll start with a sunrise hike on the Pawnee National Grassland to see public lands forever changed by fossil fuel development. We’ll also visit a fracking site and travel to a Denver suburb to see firsthand how residents live and work sometimes steps away from active wells. The day will end with a beer and the chance to talk with residents and scientists who can explain fracking’s environmental and health costs. Total drive time: 5 hours. Good for those looking for some exercise.

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.

October 11, 2019
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Room 302 (Longs Peak), 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center



People of diverse genders, sexual orientations and races have long called the West home — Indigenous people longer than anyone. But media coverage continues to view the landscape through a lens focused on white settlers and the hyper-masculine — think cowboys and roughnecks. Panelists will explore how misogyny, patriarchy, heteronormativity and racism mean so many voices are still neglected because of structural forces in our society. The panel offers ideas about how environmental journalists can make their stories on federal lands more relevant and more authentic by being more inclusive.

October 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
See special logistics info below


  • Bobby Magill (Dinner Leader) Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President
  • Li-Wei Hung (Speaker) Night Skies Research Scientist, National Park Service, Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division
  • Brian McGuinness (Speaker) Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society
  • Jeffrey Olson (Speaker) Chief of Communications - NRSS, National Park Service
  • Bill Ruecker (Speaker) Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society
  • Gary Schroeder (Speaker) Senior Energy Services Engineer, City of Fort Collins
  • Robert Sireno (Speaker) Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society
  • Jeremy White (Speaker) Research Scientist, NPS Night Skies Program


Presented by the National Park Service. Attendees will be responsible for their own food and beverage purchases.

This beat dinner is full. Check with the SEJ Information Table on site (near Registration, third floor of the Lory Student Center) beginning Friday at 8:00 a.m. for assistance and open slots.

Join us for a conversation at La Buena Vida, followed by a short bus ride to the Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area just south of Fort Collins. We'll talk about the night skies science work in the National Park Service, night skies programs in parks, how municipalities use the information NPS scientists produce to benefit their communities, and we'll do some night sky viewing with members of the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Night sky viewing is an emerging tourist trend in national parks and in western communities where the population is growing and there is pressure for more nighttime lighting.

Restaurant Info:
 La Buena Vida. Menu. All of our dishes are made from scratch with care by our Mexican chefs. The recipes on this menu come from Hugo and Maria Caballero and many are traditional recipes dating back two or three generations from Michoacan. Estimated price per meal: $12-20.

Special Logistics: 
NPS vans will pick up attendees at the three conference hotels. Two vans will stage for departure from the Hilton and Marriott promptly at 6:30 p.m. and then sweep past the Candlewood en route to the restaurant. It's going to be cold on Friday night. Here's a note from the lead volunteer astronomer on the program: A general "rule of thumb" for skygazing is to dress like you'd be going outside in temperatures 20F colder than actual. So, if it's forecast 40F at 8:00 p.m., participants would want to dress like they are going outside on a 20F day ... full winter gear and multiple layers recommended. Note that it is virtually impossible to dress too warmly in these temperatures. 

Contact with questions: NPS' Jeff Olson, 703-861-8832

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