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As Editor-in-Chief, Sam co-leads FERN, a non-profit journalism venture that produces in-depth stories on food, agriculture and environmental health with media companies. Its work can be viewed at thefern.org.


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Samuel Fromartz is a veteran journalist who focuses on the intersection of the food, farming and the environment. He is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Food & Environment Reporting NetworkIn Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey (Viking 2014) is his second book, recounting a personal obsession with craft baking. It was shortlisted for the Art of Eating book prize for 2015 and won the award for Literary Food Writing from the IACP. 

He began his career at Reuters news agency in the mid-1980s, working as a correspondent in Washington and as deputy editor for the Reuters Business Report in New York. Since leaving the news agency, his articles have appeared in Inc., Fortune, Business Week, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation, among other publications. He is the author of Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew (Harcourt, 2006) about the evolution of the organic foods industry. Beginning in the late 1990s, he took up home bread baking, eventually working with artisans in the US and Europe.

In 2011, he helped launch FERN, which has grown quickly to become a journalistic presence in the world of food and agriculture reporting. Under his helm, FERN has won two James Beard journalism awards and an award for Food Writing that Makes a Difference from IACP. 

He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter, where he bakes all his family's bread. He blogs at ChewsWise and can be found on twitter @fromartz.

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