Rhett A. Butler

Founder and Executive Director, Mongabay

Rhett Butler founded Mongabay in 1999 with the mission of raising interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife. For the first ten years of the project, he operated Mongabay on his own, publishing thousands of stories and tens of thousands of photos. 

Today Rhett Butler serves as editor-in-chief and CEO of Mongabay, a non-profit media organization with more than three dozen staff across four bureaus (Global, Indonesia, Latin America, and India) and a network of around 250 correspondents in 50 countries who pursue stories ranging from conventional news articles to deeply-reported investigative projects. 

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