Winners: SEJ 10th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment

The Society of Environmental Journalists is proud to present the winners of the 2010-2011 Awards for Reporting on the Environment. SEJ’s journalism contest is the world’s largest and most comprehensive awards for journalism on environmental topics.

Eighteen entries in six categories have been selected, including one honorable mention. Reporters, editors and journalism educators who served as contest judges pored over the 207 entries to choose the finalists representing the best environmental reporting in print and on television, radio and the Internet.

SEJ honors this year’s winners Sat., Oct. 22, 2011, at a gala ceremony at the Setai Hotel in South Beach, Miami, during SEJ’s 21st annual conference. First-place winners receive $500 and a trophy. Second-place winners receive $200 and a certificate, and $100 and a certificate goes to each third-place winner.

SEJ’s 2011 Awards for Reporting on the Environment are… 

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Large Market

1st Place:  “The True Story Behind the Oil Spill” by Abrahm Lustgarten, Journalist, ProPublica, with independent producers Martin Smith, Marcela Gaviria and Ryan Knutson for PBS Frontline. 

2nd Place“The Pierced Heart of Madagascar” by freelancer Robert Draper, with photographer Pascal Maitre, for National Geographic.

3rd Place: “Fueling Fears” by Jim Morris, Senior Reporter; Chris Hamby, Reporter; Center for Public Integrity, and M.B. Pell, Staff Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in partnership with ABC News, working with reporter Matthew Mosk and correspondent Brian Ross.

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Small Market

1st Place: “Chinese Drywall: Why one of the biggest defective product investigations in U.S. history has left homeowners struggling for help” by Joaquin Sapien, Reporter, ProPublica; Aaron Kessler, Reporter, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; and Jeff Larson, News Applications Developer, ProPublica.

2nd Place: “Deep Impact: Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale” by Laura Legere, Staff Writer, Scranton Times-Tribune.

3rd Place: “Accidental Wilderness” by David Wolman, Freelancer, High Country News.

Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large Market

1st Place: “BP Oil Spill Coverage” by Josh HarkinsonMac McClellandKate SheppardJulia Whitty, for Mother Jones.

2nd Place: “Chicago Beat Reporting” by Michael Hawthorne, Environment Reporter, Chicago Tribune.

3rd Place: “Environmental Reports” by Jeb Sharp, Senior Producer; Asma Khalid, Freelance Reporter/Producer; Marina Giovannelli, Metcalf Environmental Reporting Fellow; Alex Gallafent, Reporter; and Ari Daniel Shapiro,Independent Producer; PRI’s The World.

Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market

1st Place: “Reporting on the BP Oil Spill” by David Hammer, Staff Writer, The Times-Picayune.

2nd Place: “Environmental Reporting in Montreal” by Michelle Lalonde, Environment Reporter, Montreal Gazette.

3rd Place: “Science Skeptics, Corporate Lobbyists and the Assault on Maine’s Environment” by Susan Sharon, Deputy News Director, Maine Public Broadcasting.

Outstanding Single Story

1st Place: “In Middle East, Coalition Aims to Ease Tension Over Water Resources” by Fred de Sam Lazaro,Correspondent; Nicole See, Producer/Editor; Tom Adair, Videographer; and Patti Parson, Managing Producer; PBS Newshour.

2nd Place: “Oklahoma’s Dirty Secret” by Jennifer Loren, Investigative Reporter, and Michael Woods, Photojournalist, KOTV/KWTV/

Honorable Mention: “Renegade Refiner” by Jim Morris, Senior Reporter, and Emma Schwartz, Reporter, Center for Public Integrity; and M. B. Pell, Staff Writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

1st Place: Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature’s Bounty by Craig Allen Welch
William Morrow (New York, 2010)

2nd Place: Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed by Judy Pasternak Free Press (New York, 2010)

3rd Place: Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them by Laurence Packer HarperCollins (Toronto, 2010)

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