Matt Keene is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist based in St. Augustine, Fla. His storytelling focuses on environmental and social justice issues, particularly those affecting his home state of Florida. Keene has written news, features, profiles and personal essays that have been published in the Earth First! Journal, the Florida Times-Union and the Flagler College Gargoyle.In 2016, he was honored as St. Johns Riverkeeper’s 2015 Advocate of the Year. In 2014, his investigative article State Road 313 threatens St. Augustine’s Twelve Mile Swamp received a Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence award in the Southeast region, for In-Depth Reporting. Keene’s multimedia project, River be dammed–a 17-minute mini-documentary and 10,000-word investigation on the Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam in north-central Florida, went on to wide acclaim and awards.
In addition, Keene is a long-distance adventurer that has spent more than 13 months in a tent, writing and raising awareness of environmental and social concerns. Keene has hiked more than 3,500 miles, paddled more than 2,000, and holds the world record for being the first person to complete Florida’s 1,515-mile-long Circumnavigational Trail. He is regularly invited to speak at environmental events, seminars, rallies and workshops.