Earth Day Interview with David Whiteside of Tennessee Riverkeeper!
Interview on Earth Day with none other than Godson to RFK Jr David Whiteside. David also the runs Tennesee Riverkeeper! I mean this is the SuperBowl of Earth Day podcasts! All about water and access to clean non plastic water!
David Whiteside became involved with Waterkeeper Alliance during the Summer of 1998, when he accepted a job from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., his godfather and the current President of Waterkeeper Alliance. David attended The Altamont School in Birmingham and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies. His senior thesis at UVM involved the creation of several autonomous Alabama programs, including Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, and Hurricane Creekkeeper. Whiteside founded Black Warrior Riverkeeper in 2001, Tennessee Riverkeeper in 2009, and Coosa Riverkeeper in 2010.
Today, Whiteside serves on Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Coosa Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors. Additionally, David Whiteside serves as Executive Director and Riverkeeper for nonprofit Tennessee Riverkeeper. Whiteside is also has experience producing, directing, and editing public service announcements and short documentaries. From 2007 to 2009, Whiteside worked as a producer and reporter for MTV News, which resulted in an EMMY award for the work covering the historic 2008 Presidential election, across all media platforms: broadcast television, web, mobile, and virtual.
As David mentioned right off the bat, for his maternal family has fought for civil rights in Alabama for over 150 years. David's great-uncle, Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., made a number of landmark civil rights rulings. All of them helped end segregation in the South. In the words of journalist and historian Bill Moyers, Judge Frank Johnson "altered forever the face of the South."