About John

  • Since 1974 I have written about environmental issues in Alaska, Maine, Pennsylvania – most recently focusing on the Susquehanna River watershed and its effect on the Chesapeake Bay. I am passionately interested in the future of fresh water in the face of climate change and human effects on the supply. I am an accomplished illustrative photographer, able to illustrate my own or other author’s writing. I offer my website – http://johnmesseder.com/ – as a sampling of my writing, and look forward to talking with you about how I can attract readers across social, economic and geographic borders. Phone me at 717-253-0605 or email me at john@johnmesseder.com to discuss putting my experiences, research and writing to work for you.


  • National Society of Newspaper Columnists
  • Society of Environmental Journalists


  • (Chesapeake) Bay Journal News Service
  • RockTheCapital.com
  • EcoWatch
  • Gettysburg (Pa) Times
  • Gettysburg Companion
  • USA Today Magazine
  • Central Pennsylvania Lifemagazine
  • Bangor (Maine) Daily News
  • Maine Mountain Digest
  • Navy LIFELINE magazine


  • AP Best Column
  • AP Public Service
  • Keystone Best Column