For two decades, I’ve been exploring, analyzing, filming, and writing about the American West and beyond. When not at work, I love to bike, hike, ski, snowboard, and spend time in the great outdoors.

I’m director of the Water Desk, a water journalism initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder that focuses on Western water issues and the Colorado River.

From 1998 to 2006, I covered environmental and other issues for the Napa Valley Register, Tucson Citizen, Arizona Daily Star, and High Country News I won awards for my deadline, feature, and explanatory writing, including two first prizes from the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors for stories on water and border issues. My 2010 book, Endangered, grew out of a yearlong series I did on Arizona’s endangered species, which was a finalist for the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism.

As a reporter, I got certified as a wildland firefighter by the Coronado National Forest, which allowed me to embed with crews battling some of the largest blazes in the Southwest’s recorded history. My coverage of the 2002 wildfires, including the 470,000-acre Rodeo-Chediski Fire, was honored in the Best of the West contest. In 2006, I was named one of eight fellows of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, sponsor of the nation’s oldest writing fellowship for journalists.

Before becoming a reporter, I worked for the Urban Institute in Washington; the Arizona League of Conservation Voters in Tucson; the National Parks Conservation Association in Oakland; and the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. I’ve also taught English in Ecuador and journalism at Pima Community College.

I worked for seven years at California Environmental Associates, a San Francisco-based firm that helps foundations and NGOs with strategic and business planning.

At CEA, I was a lead writer of the Design to Win report, which outlined an investment strategy for philanthropists interested in fighting global warming. Design to Win helped inspire the Hewlett, Packard, and McKnight foundations to commit more than $1 billion to create ClimateWorks, a global philanthropic network dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

I’m now the owner of Sea to Snow LLC, which provides communications and consulting services. My work currently focuses on water issues, non-profit journalism, philanthropy, climate change, and photo/video. I can only accept consulting assignments that don’t conflict with my journalism.

I grew up on Long Island, graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s in Ethics, Politics and Economics, and earned a master’s in political science from UC Berkeley. I now live in Denver, Colorado with my wife, daughter, and dog.

Please call 303-330-9487 or email to learn more about me and my business.


Mitch Tobin

Owner, Sea to Snow Consulting