Johnie’s first desk was tucked back behind a rack of wetsuits. Fresh out of journalism school, she landed the senior editorial position at a surfing magazine — despite never having touched a board. She’s been throwing herself into the cold water in pursuit of a good story ever since.
Johnie is a writer, photographer, producer and environmentalist whose work seeks to inspire people to care about the planet and activate a new generation of advocates. To that end, she’s helped produce a 250-mile relay run and film project advocating for the protection of public lands, documented the first unsupported kayak crossing of the Florida Straits to raise awareness for refugee policy reform, and spearheaded a photo series on adaptive action-sports athletes. She also regularly volunteers her time to environmental nonprofits, helping them share stories about their grassroots efforts. Johnie serves as an ambassador for 5 Gyres (if you’re a small environmental or humanitarian organization or NGO looking for some help, let her know!).
Regularly contributing her writing and photos to a slew of print and digital publications, Johnie also serves as the Digital Content Editor at RANGE. In addition, she collaborates with brands, small companies and tourism boards to produce and shoot commercial campaigns, occasionally stepping in front of the lens for still and on-camera work with Outdoor Voices, Backcountry, Alaska Airlines, and Eddie Bauer.
Johnie is based out of Philadelphia but is a little more bicoastal these days (she and her husband have a van in California, a.k.a. the “vacation house”.). She has a really hard time sitting still, so her love for surfing/rock climbing/trail running/skiing/kayaking/biking comes in handy. If you want to meet up for any of the above, or just to chat about how you can work together, email her at dirtbagdarling.com or use the CONTACT form.
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I donate 1% of my earnings to environmental nonprofits as a member of 1% For the Planet.