Investigations into air pollution and the oil industry took many of the top prizes as the Society of Environmental Journalists announced the winners of the largest environmental journalism contest in North America on the opening night of the group's 15th annual conference.
First-place winners in each of nine categories accepted $1,000 checks and a trophy at a ceremony at the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin marking the fourth annual SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment. The gala event celebrated journalism on a wide range of environmental subjects in print, online and on television and radio, and in large and small markets alike.
Judging panels consisting of leading journalists and journalism educators selected the 27 winners from among 240 entries.
This year's contest marked the debut of the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting. The award, for print entries, was named for Kevin Carmody of the Austin American-Statesman, who died earlier this year. A founder and former president of SEJ, Carmody was the chief organizer of this year's annual conference, SEJ's 15th. Close to 600 journalists, academics, advocates and students attended the conference, which ended October 2, 2005.
Some of the 2005 SEJ Award winners at the Austin conference. Photo by Kenneth Friedman. Click photo to enlarge.
Kevin Carmody Award For Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Print
Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Print
Outstanding Radio Reporting, Large Market
Outstanding Radio Reporting, Small Market
Outstanding Television Reporting, Large Market
Outstanding Television Reporting, Small Market
Award For Outstanding Investigative
Dina Cappiello and Dan Feldstein of the Houston Chronicle for "In Harm's Way" (requires free registration), a five-part investigative series that identified petrochemical plants as the source for toxic air pollutants in residential neighborhoods. As part of the project, the newspaper installed its own air monitors.
Hamburger, Alan C. Miller and Julie
Cart of the Los Angeles Times for "Environmental Politics: A Changing Landscape."
George Watson, Guy
McCarthy, Ben Schnayerson and Lisa Lambert of The San Bernardino
Sun for "Unnatural Disasters."
Beat Reporting, Print
Craig Welch of The Seattle Times (requires free registration)
for seven stories that covered the gamut of
environmental issues, from old-growth forests to oil spills:
- "Old-Growth Logging
Nearing a Standstill in Dramatic
- "Exxon Valdez, Other
Spills, Taught Alaskans to be
- "Tough Battle Against
Oil Spill Amid Icy Seas"
- "Coral Concerns Spur
Vast Trawling Ban"
- "For Good or Ill, Bush
Clears Path for Energy
- "Bush Switches
Nation's Tack on Protecting
- "Bush Cut Some Diesel
Pollution But Let Big Ships Keep
Tom Pelton of The Baltimore Sun.
Tom Avril of The Philadelphia
Inquirer for a selection of stories (requires free registration).
Explanatory Reporting, Print
Bruce Barcott for "Changing All the
Rules," a story he wrote for the New York Times
Magazine that detailed the electric utility industry's successful push to rewrite air-pollution rules (free preview/paid
Dennis R. Dimick, Peter Essick, Lynn Addison, David Whitmore, Jeff Osborn, Tim Appenzeller, Daniel Glick, Fen Montaigne, Virginia Morrell, Nora Gallagher, Abigail Tipton and Patricia Kellogg
of National Geographic
Magazine for "Global Climate
Change" (see FEATURES section).
Ray Ring of High Country
News for "Environmental Politics: New
- "Shooting Spree: The
Bush Administration is Perforating
our Basic Environmental Laws. Can a
Cadre of Seasoned Green Lawyers
Stop It?" Sidebar.
- "Conservationist in a
Conservative Land." Sidebar.
- "Where Were the
Environmentalists When Libby Needed
Them Most? The Story of an Ailing
Town in Northwestern Montana Calls
into Question the Health of the
Kevin Bogardus, Daniel Lathrop,
Alexander Cohen and Aron Pilhofer of The Center
for Public Integrity for "Gimme Shelter (From Taxes)"
and other stories, a series on the oil industry and its powerful influence on government.
McCoy, Jon Schwantes, Gerald Tebben and
Joel Chow of Dispatch.com and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, for "Radon in Schools: A Lesson
Betts of Environmental
Science & Technology Online for "PBDEs and the Environmental
Intervention Time Lag."
Radio Reporting, Large Market
Vicki Monks of National Public Radio's "Living on Earth" for "Carbon Black," a riveting account of how industrial pollution has affected Native Americans in Oklahoma.
Williams of the Great
Lakes Radio Consortium for beat reporting:
- "How Long Do You Keep
a Polluting Heap?"
- "Containing Chronic
- "Packrats Hooked on
Daniel Grossman and John Rudolph of American
RadioWorks for "Climate of
Radio Reporting, Small Market
Sadie Babits of KNAU, Arizona public
radio, for "Living Without: Water in a
Dry Land," her colorful and compelling stories about water shortages in Kenya.
Dillon of Vermont Public Radio for stories on several subjects:
- "State Attempts to
Control Cormorant Population on
- "Neighbors Rally to
Help Farmer Control
- "Inside the Vermont
Yankee Nuclear Power Plant"
(Part One/Part Two)
- "Lobbyists, Lawmakers
and Activists Look at Dry Cask
Storage and the Future of Vermont
Erin Toner of WKAR, Michigan State University public radio, for her stories about environmental issues in the Great Lakes region.
Small Market Reporting, Print
Wendy Lyons Sunshine of Fort Worth Weekly for "Mud Wrestling," a three-part series about the environmental damage caused by the fast-growing region's ravenous appetite for construction stone:
- "Mud Wrestling:
High-Flying Seniors and an Heiress
Want to Save the Brazos From Rock
- "Clearing a Path to a
- "Between a Rock and a
Hard Place: The State's Quarry
Crackdown is Progressing —
Joffe-Walt of The Progressive magazine for "China's Computer Wasteland."
Burwell of Orion magazine for "Jeremiad for Belarus."
(Note: This is an
abbreviated version only. The full version is not
Television Reporting, Large
Cooperman of NBC News for "Clearing the Air," a hard-hitting story about the Bush Administration's campaign to rewrite air-pollution rules to accommodate industry.
Jim Parsons, Kendall Cross and Michael
Lazorko of WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh for "Dying to Breathe" and other
Carisa Scott, Brian
Maass and Kevin Hartfield of KCNC-TV in Denver for "Water Thieves" (Part One, Part Two).
Television Reporting, Small
Pulling, Michael McDade and Caleb
Crosby of Maine
Public Broadcasting for "Quest: Aquaculture, Down
on the Salmon Farm," a series about the economic promise and environmental perils of fish farming.
Schollett of WPBN/WTOM in Traverse City, Michigan, for "Water Watch."
Anthony Mirones and Bob Morford of WCPO-TV in Cincinnati for "Airport Pollution."
Founded in 1990, SEJ is a lively network of journalists and academics, with more than 1,300 members in the United States, Canada and 32 other countries. Run by and for working journalists, SEJ seeks to advance public understanding of environmental issues by improving the quality, accuracy, and visibility of environmental reporting. In addition to SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, SEJ programs and services include annual and regional conferences; daily EJToday news service; quarterly SEJournal; biweekly TipSheet; freedom of information WatchDog Project; diversity program including Latin America initiative; members-only listservs; mentoring program; gatekeeper project and other special initiatives.
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