William J. Kelly is California Current’s staff editor and writer. He has written on environmental and energy issues for more than 20 years. His articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Inside Climate News, California Journal, LA Weekly, Orange County Weekly, Scientific American, Alternet, and the Environment News Service. Earlier in his career, Kelly covered national environmental issues in Washington, D.C., for the employee-owned publishing company BNA, today known as Bloomberg-BNA. He also has written and edited books on the environment, including “Home Safe Home” (National Press, Inc., 1989; republished by Avon Books, 1991), “Smogtown: The Lung Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles” (Overlook Press, 2008), “The People’s Republic of Chemicals” (Rare Bird Books, 2014), and several volumes published by BNA. He spent more than 13 years as press spokesperson and communications manager for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the smog control agency for greater Los Angeles. He has won numerous prizes for his writing and work in communications. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.