Ed Rodgers is a reporter, producer and writer with more than 28 years of experience working as a reporter, producer and editor for regional, national and international news organizations. Those outlets include NJN-New Jersey Public Television, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the national PBS series Great Scenic Railway Journeys, the Outside Life Network, United Press International and EBRU TV. Some of the important environmental stories Rodgers has broken include uncovering details of mercury contamination in fresh water fish in New Jersey. The 1994 story led to a permanent ban on eating the fish. In 2004 a plan to build a golf course and condominiums on an island in the Delaware River led to a battle between environmentalists and local officials. Several stories on the battle over Petty’s Island uncovered the death of a Bald Eagle chick that was harassed by a wildlife expert working for the firm that wanted to build on the island. In 2004 Rodgers won first place in the Society of Environmental Journalists national competition for beat reporting by a TV journalist in a large television market. Ed had the lead story on NJN’s coverage of then President Clinton’s 1996 campaign visit to New Jersey. NJN won best newscast for that show in the Mid-Atlantic National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards.
Ed has won five first place awards in the Philadelphia Press Association competition. Rodgers has also produced public affairs specials such as debates and election shows. He’s a Fellow of both the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment and the Institute on Journalism and Natural Resources. Rodgers is currently director of video production at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network where he produces videos examining the impacts of shale gas extraction on the environment and communities. He has also produced videos on the status of endangered Atlantic Sturgeon as well as emerging contaminants in the Delaware River watershed. As part of DRN, Ed currently is producing several short videos and a half hour special on the recovery of the Delaware Bayshore wildlife habitat as part of a project with Greener New Jersey Productions for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. He also worked as a field producer and segment writer for the national PBS series Great Scenic Railway.