Steve Liesman, founder of Save a Million Bass, has been a fisherman and a conservationist for several decades. He’s currently on the Board of Directors of Riverkeeper, which safeguards the drinking water for 9 million people in the Hudson River watershed. Steve is among the leaders in Riverkeeper’s efforts to promote striped bass habitat in the Hudson, which is a major striper spawning area. Among his other efforts, Steve has worked with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and the Fisherman’s Conservation Association. He has been practicing catch and release as a striped bass fly fisherman for almost 30 years.His home waters are the Long Island Sound and Cape Cod and he has fished throughout the East Coast, the Western US, and in Florida, the Bahamas and Russia.In his day job, Steve is the senior economics reporter for CNBC and was awarded an Emmy for his reporting on the Financial Crisis. He had previously won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Russia working for the Wall Street Journal.
Joe Liesman grew up fishing for striped bass in the Cape Cod Bay and Long Island sound. Joe graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota and received a BA in Environmental Studies. While there, he focused his studies on environmental history, climate policy and climate science, American Wilderness, and sustainability. Joe's thesis project, Plastic Art and Activism, looked into how artists are using recycled ocean plastic to create art to raise awareness about ocean pollution. Joe spent two summers interning at Riverkeeper, where he worked on their water quality and storm surge teams conducting research. After graduating, Joe worked as a Field Technician for Trout Unlimited on the Delaware River in the Catskill mountains, where he assessed trout habitat and collected stream and trout migration data.