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About the Author

"I hope our generation and the next has the wisdom, the perspicacity and the political will to solve the problems set forth in this book and others that despoil our natural resources. If we do not, we will have failed and passed along to you, and your generation, an ailing planet perhaps beyond salvation."

- Nicholas G. Penniman IV


Married for 54 years he and his wife, Linda, have two children and five grandchildren. They reside in Naples, Florida.

Nicholas G. Penniman IV retired in 1999 as publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and as senior vice president of newspaper operations for Pulitzer Publishing Company, responsible for 22 other daily newspapers from Hawaii to Vermont. 


A 1960 graduate of Princeton University (Religion), he did graduate work at the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania (Finance) and at Washington University St. Louis with an M.A. in American Culture Studies in 2000.


Penniman has been deeply involved in environmental advocacy - currently as chair emeritus and board member of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, an emeritus trustee of the Everglades Foundation, past chair of American Rivers and chair emeritus and current board member of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. 


He is a founder and member of the board of directors of NewsGuard, a 2018 start-up based in New York and Brussels to identify and fight fake news using professional journalists to rate websites for credibility and transparency.


His first book - Nature’s Steward: A History of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida was published in 2014. His second book – A Toxic Inconvenience: Red Tide, Blue-Green Algae on Florida's Coast was released in December 2019.

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