Perry Beeman worked as an Iowa news reporter and editor for the better part of 40 years, specializing in covering the environment and agriculture. He served as president of the nonprofit, international Society of Environmental Journalists. His resume includes major national and international awards, and a series of fellowships with travel to Rwanda, Brazil, Belize, Mexico, Panama, and China. Perry currently is director of communications and environmental initiatives for Orlando-based New Village Initiative, which is involved in sustainable construction, recycling, affordable housing, and tech education