Veteran Environmental Journalist Joins NRDC’s Communications Team

WASHINGTON – Mark Drajem, an award-winning reporter and editor, today joined the federal communications team at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Drajem worked as a reporter for two decades, covering local news in upstate New York and politics in India before joining Bloomberg. At Bloomberg, Drajem covered U.S. trade policy, finance, as well as Congress, and various agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency.

Most recently, Drajem served as an energy editor at Bloomberg, breaking news on key environmental policy issues, such as the Keystone pipeline, and the Clean Power Plan. He was also the winner of the National Press Foundation’s “Feddie” Award for his reporting on a series of stories about a chemical explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas.

“Mark’s deep understanding of energy, climate and environmental issues bolsters a federal communications team that’s already the best in Washington’s environmental advocacy world—and comes at a time when NRDC’s mission to protect our natural resources, public health and the environment could not be more critical,’’ said Edwin Chen, federal communications director at NRDC.

Drajem also served in the Peace Corps, and has reported internationally from Pakistan and New Delhi.

He can be reached at, or (202) 289-2436. 


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