Featured Alumni Stories

For recent stories, please see individual post-institute pages:

Chesapeake Bay Institute 2015

Lake Superior Institute 2015

Sagebrush Country Institute 2015


For older stories, here's a sampler of featured coverage produced by our alumni:

Do Not Buy Oceanfront Property by Sarah Zielinski (North Carolina 2014), Slate August 28, 2014

Can Coal Ever Be Clean? by Michelle Nijhuis (Wind River 2005), National Geographic Magazine, April 2014

How Wildfires are Threatening the West by Osha Gray Davidson (Crown of the Continent 2013), Rolling Stone Magazine, August 1, 2013

Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn by Craig Welch (High Country 2007 & 2008), The Seattle Times, 2013 

Food vs. Water: High Commodity Prices Complicate Aquifer Protection in Colorado's San Luis Valley by Brett Walton (Energy Country 2011), Circle of Blue, January 12, 2012.

Waukesha's Diversion Plan by Susan Bence (Great Waters 2011), WUVM, August 25, 2011.

Invasive Species: Should We Learn to Love Them? by Sharon Oosthoek (Great Waters 2009 & 2011, Lake Country 2009), published in CBC News, August 10, 2011.

Salish Sea Change by Isabelle Groc (Great Waters 2006, Puget Sound 2009), published in Canadian Geographic, June 2011.

End of the Pipeline by Kate Campbell (Southern Cascadia 2002), published in AgAlert, May, 2011.

Today's Garden Plants Can be Tomorow's Invasives by Ilsa Setziol (Southern Cascadia 2002), published in High Country News, April, 2011.

India's Vanishing Vultures: Can the world's fastest growing nation restore its prime scavenger before there are untold human consequences?, by Meera Subramanian (Blue Mountains 2006), published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2011 issue.

Dying on the vine: An Oakland wine grape grower wages a costly fight against damaging pesticide drift, January 2, 2011, by Susan Palmer (Salmon Country 2005, Willamette Valley 2008), published in The Register-Guard.

How nonprofit journalism is changing the 'news ecosystem', by Robert McClure (Pacific Northwest 1999), InvestigateWest, published inMSNBC, December 21, 2010.

Highly toxic rat poisons killing owls, other wildlife: Canadian study indicates potent rodenticide is working its way up the food chain, by Robert McClure (Pacific Northwest 1999), InvestigateWest, published in MSNBC, December 21, 2010.

Tracing What's On Tap (PDF), December 2010, and Delving into Deepwater Horizon (PDF), September 2010, by Lisa Kerscher (High Country 1997, Pueblo Country, 1998, Savannah River 2000), published in Learners Online. Articles are aimed at high school science teachers.

The Economics of Estuary: Should nature have a price?, by Ginger Strand (Puget Sound 2009), published in Orion, September/October 2010 issue.

Scientists worry Hood Canal may suffer extensive fish kills, by Craig Welch (High Country 2007, Pacific Northwest 2000), The Seattle Times, September 21, 2010.

2 university labs study Great Lakes' island ecosystems: OSU, Central Michigan unique in placing facilities offshore, by Tom Henry (Lake Country 2009, Great Waters 2003 & 2008) of the Toledo Blade, September 19, 2010.

Preparations Underway For Biggest Dam Removal In U.S. History, by Tom Banse (Wildfire 2001, Pueblo Country 1998, High Country 1997), for Northwest News Network, September 13, 2010.

Protecting 32,000 islands of ecological purity, by Tom Meersman (Beaver Islands 2010, Great Waters 2002, Wildfire 2001, Savannah River1999, High Country 1995), The Star Tribune, September 12, 2010.

Great Lakes islands see encroaching threats to individual environment (RealPlayer required), by Chuck Quirmbach (Beaver Islands 2010, Great Waters 2002), Wisconsin Public Radio, September 3, 2010.

A Crude Awakening in the Gulf of Mexico: Scientists are just beginning to grasp how profoundly oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill has devasted the region, by Michelle Nijhuis (Wind River 2005), published in Smithsonian magazine, September 2010.

Calif. Leads in Clean Energy, But Challenges Loom and A (Load) Balancing Act: The Challenge of Clean Power, by Lauren Sommer(Energy Country 2009). Part of a special five-part series, Renewables Race: California's Clean Power Quest, by NPR in partnership with affiliate KQED, August 2010.

Transocean Charts the Depths, Heights and Ironies of Drilling, by Mike Soraghan (Energy Country 2006) of Greenwire, published in The New York Times, August 11, 2010.

Gray wolf back on protect list in Mont. and Idaho, to ranchers and hunters ire, by Kari Lydersen (Wind River 2005), published in The Washington Post, August 9, 2010.

Interior Rewrites History, Erases BP from List of Finalists for Safety Award, by Mike Soraghan (Energy Country 2006) of Greenwire, published in The New York Times, July 7, 2010.

A Puffin Comeback: Atlantic puffins had nearly vanished from the Maine coast until a young biologist defied the conventional wisdom to lure them home, by Michelle Nijhuis (Wind River 2005), published in Smithsonian magazine, June 2010.

Before Rig Explosion in Gulf, Scan Difference Between BP and Other Drillers on Safety, by Mike Soraghan (Energy Country 2006) ofGreenwire, published in The New York Times, June 24, 2010.

In Fracking Debate, 'Disclosure' Is in the Eye of teh Beholder, by Mike Soraghan (Energy Country 2006) of Greenwire, published in The New York Times, June 21, 2010.

Industry Claims 'Proven' Technology Went Unchallenged at MMS, by Mike Soraghan (Energy Country 2006) of Greenwire, published inThe New York Times, June 2, 2010.

Saving the Sound from stormwater, by Rob Carson (Puget Sound 2009), The News Tribune, May 2, 2010.

Solar Helps Give an Ancient Tribe Power for a Prosperous Future (PDF), by Leslie Carlson (Energy 2009, Klamath 2004), published in The Solar Home & Business Journal, April 1, 2010.

IJNR's Energy Country Institute: Supporting 'Values of Good Journalism' (PDF), by Bruce Lieberman (Energy Country 2009), published inYale Forum for Climate Change & the Media, February 11, 2010.

Study sees parking lot dust as a cancer risk: Sealant doesn't stay put on pavements, raising health concerns, by Robert McClure(Pacific Northwest 1999), InvestigateWest, published in MSNBC, January 12, 2010.

Northwest Scientists Keeping An Eye On Carbon, by Christy George (Lake Country 2009), Oregon Public Radio December 18, 2009.

Freshwater species making comeback in Great Lakes region, by Tom Henry (Lake Country 2009, Great Waters 2003 & 2008), Toledo Blade, October 26, 2009.

Video: How will Puget Sound respond to competing pressures?, by Michelle Ma (Puget Sound 2009), The Seattle Times, August 17, 2009.

Global warming grips Greenland, leaves lasting mark, a special series by Tom Henry (Great Waters 2003 & 2008), Toledo Blade, October 12, 2008.

Failing our Sound, A Special Report by Warren Cornwall (Salmon Country 2005), Lynda Mapes (High Country 1998), Craig Welch (High Country 2007, Pacific Northwest 2000), and their colleagues at The Seattle Times, June 11, 2008.

Chemical Fallout, a special series by Susanne Rust (Great Waters 2003) and her colleagues for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November/December 2007.

Hot Times — Global Warming in the West

A 2005 series of articles about global warming, which included several by Michelle Nijhuis (Wind River 2005):

The series was published by High Country News. Published as a print series, "High and Dry", in 2006, it won the American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Journalism Award in the Small Newspapers category.

Tuvalu: That Sinking Feeling Global warming, rising seas, by Elizabeth Pollock (Southern Cascadia 2002) for Frontline, December 6, 2005.