Timothy Lesle is an independent multimedia journalist living in San Francisco. Tim tends to look for stories that involve people, science, and the environment. But that’s a jumping-off point: to money and business, technology, architecture and design, resource extraction, the movement of people, politics.

He has reported in China and India; done geological work in the Rockies, the Southwest, New England, Alaska, and Latin America; and grew up in the U.S. Air Force. His undergraduate degree is in earth sciences from Dartmouth College, and he has a master’s degree from Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

His work has appeared in FRONTLINE/World, California Magazine, Dwell, and The New York Times Magazine. He has helped train journalists in video, photo, and audio recording and editing, web design, and online storytelling at the Knight Digital Media Center workshops. He has also worked as an editor and graphic designer.

Western Promises
William McDonough + Partners’ design for a small village in northeastern China was meant to stand as a model for sustainable...