John Dodge is a fourth generation South Sound resident who has worked in he field of journalism since 1976.
He joined The Olympian in 1984 as its first and only full t me environmental reporter, covering most local and regional natural resource controversies ever since, including Puget Sound water quality, the decline of regional indicator species such as chinook salmon, killer whates and the northern spotted owl and all the land use battles brought about by population growth and development.
In recent years, Dodge, 64, has segued into a full time columnist at the newspaper, writing about people, places and events that make South Sound a special place to live. The shift in journalistic focus was an intentional one, designed to foster both personal and community health.
Outside work, Dodge can be found at his small farm in East Olympia, gardening, birdwatching and working on his first book about the Columbus Day Storm of 1962.