Video Clips

Jeff DeBonis: PEER Origin Story

Jeff DeBonis: PEER Origin Story

As a timber sale planner on Oregon’s Willamette National Forest in the late 1980s, Jeff came to the conclusion that the Forest Service was over-logging which would lead to the type of eco-degradation he had seen in Central America in the Peace Corps. He was ordered to...
Teresa Chambers: The Honest Chief

Teresa Chambers: The Honest Chief

Just days after giving an interview with the Washington Post in which she revealed low staffing levels, U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers received a notice proposing her termination based upon a collection of charges that were simultaneously absurd, illegal,...
Paula Dinerstein: Whistleblower Lawyer

Paula Dinerstein: Whistleblower Lawyer

Paula has been PEER’s Senior Counsel for 12 years, representing public employees who face interference with their work to protect the environment. Just a small sample of her enormous range of work, which has tapped into the diverse knowledge of PEER clients who are...
Steve Gniadek: Talking Down a Jumper

Steve Gniadek: Talking Down a Jumper

Steve was the chief biologist at Glacier National Park. He contacted PEER because his superintendent was pushing a permit for a parking lot that would have destroyed old growth forest, and Steve felt the permit was illegal. Steve wanted to go public with his overruled...
Heather Wylie: Kayaking to Save the L.A. River

Heather Wylie: Kayaking to Save the L.A. River

Heather took part in a demonstration to protect the L.A. River, and footage of her kayaking to prove its navigability ended up on YouTube, leading her superiors to propose a career-crippling suspension. PEER mounted a First Amendment defense (the kayaking protest as...
Brian McKenna: Michigan Environmental Anthropologist

Brian McKenna: Michigan Environmental Anthropologist

An anthropologist in the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Department of Behavioral Sciences, Brian works as an environmental scholar. Three years before joining academia, Brian was hired by the Ingham County Health Department to conduct an analysis of...