Several of our favorite journalists won major prizes in 2008 for reporting on climate change


Andrew Revkin of the New York Times, Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press, and Peter Bull of the Center for Investigative Reporting—reporters who have covered stories to which we contributed—have been honored for excellence in environmental journalism for their work on global climate change.  All have done stories on the global warming disinformation campaign.

Christine Woodside wrote in the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media [excerpt]:

Reporting on climate change clearly held its own in 2008 prize competitions honoring the year’s best journalism.  As has been the case for several years now, more and more entries for environmental journalism prizes dealt specifically or at least significantly with climate change.  Among the major prizes going to reporting on climate change, awarded in 2008 for work generally done in 2007:

John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism

Andrew C. Revkin of The New York Times was named – along with Jane Mayer of The New Yorker – as winner of the $25,000 John Chancellor Award, administered by the Columbia University Journalism School. Revkin won the award for “consistently resourceful and original reporting” on climate change over a quarter of a century. The award pointed to Revkin as “a pioneer in multimedia journalism, blogging, podcasting , and shooting skills and imagery for stories from far-flung places.”

A few Revkin pieces:
Bush Aide Edited Climate Reports: Ex-Oil Lobbyist Softened Greenhouse Gas Links (NY Times, June 8, 2005, page 1)
Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him
White House Cuts to Climate Testimony Raise Questions
And at the SEJ annual meeting, 2006: Global warming and the media at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference

Society of Environmental Journalists

[SEJ’s 2008 annual awards winners included:]

Associated Press writer Seth Borenstein won a first-place prize for outstanding print beat reporting for his coverage of climate change. The SEJ judges wrote: “The mounting scientific consensus on climate change was clearly the environmental story of 2007. Borenstein’s beat reporting helped propel it onto front pages.” He covered new findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sea level rise, extinctions, state-by-state carbon emissions, and accelerated melting of the Arctic.

A few Borenstein pieces:
Utilities Give Warming Skeptic Big Bucks
Global Warming Bringing Spring Earlier
Obama Left With Little Time to Curb Global Warming

Peter Bull of the Center for Investigative Reporting won first place for outstanding beat/in-depth television reporting for “Hot Politics,”
which appeared on the PBS program “Frontline.” Bull’s reporting covered the failure of the previous three presidential administrations to act on global warming and how they deceived the public and manipulated the media.

The hour-long Hot Politics, which first aired on PBS Frontline in April 2007, was the first, and remains the best, major examination of the global warming disinformation campaign to appear on American television.  CSW Director Rick Piltz was one of numerous individuals interviewed on the program.  The full program can be viewed online.

Hot Politics segment on Censorship.

Extrended text of Frontline interview with CSW Director Rick Piltz for Hot Politics.

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