Chris Welter is an Environmental Reporter at WYSO through Report for America. In 2017, he completed the radio training program at WYSO's Eichelberger Center for Community Voices. Prior to joining the team at WYSO, he did boots-on-the-ground conservation work and policy research on land-use issues in southwest Ohio as a Miller Fellow with the Tecumseh Land Trust.
He is a graduate of Antioch College with a self-designed B.S. in Environmental Journalism and a French Language & Culture focus. He edited the The Antioch Record and later served as chair of the newspaper's advisory board. Through the college's cooperative education program, he interned with an environmental education non-profit in Ypsilanti, MI and worked as a paralegal assistant at a criminal defense firm in Chicago and a bankruptcy center in Philadelphia.
Chris is a lifelong Ohioan, born and raised in Columbus and currently living in Yellow Springs with his two cats, Beaver and Franklin. He moonlights as a mediocre disc golfer and also loves to cook, hike, and read about Ohio history.
A Navy program helped to bring home the remains of an Ohio sailor who died at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. Musician First class Joseph Hoffman was aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack.
Midwest farmers both embrace and reject large solar power developments on farmland. Some make far more money leasing land than growing crops. Others worry about taking good land out of production.