2017 Field Reporting Award Recipients

Andrew Weegar Memorial Award

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Hannah Hoag - Independent Journalist, Toronto, ON

Project: "Arctic food security in a changing environment"

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Janet Babin
- Independent Journalist, New York, NY

Project: "Climate and Ice Research in the Age of Trump"
Stories: If the Greenland ice sheet melts, what happens to New York City? This reporter went to find out. - Public Radio International

Frank Allen Field Reporting Awards

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Elizabeth Jenkins -
Reporter, Alaska’s Energy Desk (public media collaboration), Juneau, AK

Project: "Tongass in Transition"
Stories: Three-part series, KTOO
Part 1: An uncertain future for Alaska's last big mill
Part 2: Striking a chord with old growth trees
Part 3: Wolves and logging both cut into Prince of Wales deer

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Jane Braxton Little -
Independent Journalist, Greenville, CA

Project: "102 Million & Counting: Confronting California's Dead Tree Crisis"
Story: Fighting Fire with Fire: California Turns to Prescribed Burning - Yale E360

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Elizabeth McGowan -
Freelance Reporter; Washington, D.C.

Project: "Rx for Cheat Mountain: Restoring a Rare Red Spruce Forest on an Abandoned Coal Mine"
Story: Reclaiming Appalachia: A Push to Bring Back Native Forests to Coal Country - Yale E360

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Mark Olalde -
Freelance Journalist, Elmhurst, IL

Project: "The Afterlife of American Coal”
Stories: Five-part series in Climate Home News
Intro: Reclaiming coal: US mines’ clean-up cash
Part 1: US coal hasn't set aside enough money to clean up its mines (republished by DeSmogBlog)
Part 2: Crackdown on coal mine 'self-bonds' stalls under Trump
Part 3: Obama official: Trump cuts will leave coal clean-up agency unable to function
Part 4: What happens to the land after coal mines close? (republished by DeSmogBlog)
Part 5: Coal tycoon governor Jim Justice uses loophole to leave mines and workers idle (republished by the Huffington Post)
Outro: Why and how we investigated the coal industry's clean-up funds

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Glenn Townes -
Freelance Journalist; Contributing Editor, Black Enterprise Magazine, Edison, NJ

Project: "Cuba: A new frontier for African-American farmers"

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Michael Wright -
Environmental Reporter, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, MT

Project: "Scars of the Past: Dealing with the lingering impacts of Montana's abandoned mines"
Story: Scars of the Past: Cleaning up abandoned mines, and the fight over the funding to do it - Bozeman Daily Chronicle