Environmental Initiatives

Debbie Salamone

Officer, Communications, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Debbie Salamone

Email: dsalamone@pewtrusts.org


Debbie Salamone joined Pew in 2009 as a communications officer focused on ending overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the South Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. A shark attack survivor, she also works to protect these animals and has recruited other survivors to join Pew’s efforts to reverse the decline of these top ocean predators and end the practice of shark finning.

Salamone previously worked as an investigative reporter and editor for the Orlando Sentinel newspaper in Florida. She won national, state and regional awards, including the prestigious George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting for a 12-part series on Florida’s water crisis. She has served as a lecturer on environmental and investigative journalism in China, Africa, Brazil and the United States. Salamone completed ocean study fellowships at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University Of Rhode Island Graduate School Of Oceanography.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University.

News Room

  • Audubon and Pew: Florida's Coastal Birds Could Face Threat to Food Supply

    • Nov. 20, 2013
    • PressRelease

    Already pressured by a steady loss of habitat, many of Florida’s imperiled and iconic coastal waterbirds are vulnerable to declines in small fish that are necessary for their survival, according to a report by Audubon Florida and The Pew Charitable Trusts. More

  • Why a Shark-Attack Survivor Fights to Save Sharks

    • Aug. 29, 2013
    • MediaCoverage

    (Sierra Club) Debbie Salamone always considered herself an active person. She loved to ballroom dance, swim, and go to the beach. More

  • Isn’t It Ironic? Q & A with Debbie Salamone, of Shark Attack Survivors for Shark Conservation

    • Aug. 27, 2013
    • MediaCoverage

    (Vegetarian Times) Every August, I steer clear of the Discovery Channel’s glut of sharks-ploitative shows with titles like Voodoo Sharks and Great White Serial Killer. Still, I’ve got to credit Shark Week with every now and then presenting an edifying program like Shark Fight, about Shark Attack Survivors for Shark Conservation (yes, you read that right). More

  • Turning the Tables: Attack Survivors Help Sharks

    • Aug. 1, 2011
    • Opinion

    Summer is anniversary time for many shark attack survivors. This time of year, they mark the terrifying moments of struggle in the jaws of the ocean’s top predator.


  • Sharkonomics: Why Shark Sanctuaries Make Sense

    • Jul. 14, 2011
    • Opinion

    In special commentary for DiscoveryNews, Pew's Debbie Salamone discusses the importance of shark sanctuaries to the species and to a country's economy.


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