Mar 29, 2017
Arlie Schardt

Renowned photojournalist and public interest activist, Mr. Schardt has enjoyed a long and diverse career. As a journalist, he was a reporter for United Press International, a writer at Sports Illustrated, and a correspondent at TIME, where he spent seven years covering the civil rights movement in the south. He left TIME to become associate Washington legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped to organize a national campaign to impeach Richard Nixon—launched one year before Watergate. He left the ACLU to serve six years as executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where he erased the organization's debt, established a reserve fund, and created EDF's first communications program, a formal legislative program and its wildlife program. Mr. Schardt’s passion for politics and environmental causes made him a natural fit as national press secretary for Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign. Returning to journalism, he was news media editor at Newsweek, then editor of Foundation News magazine. In 1993, he founded Environmental Media Services to provide top-end public relations services for the pressing environmental issues of the day. He served as the president of EMS for over a decade until he retired. Mr. Schardt has worked in media consulting for the American Forest Foundation since 1960.