Given annually, the David Stolberg Meritorious Service Award recognizes a member for his or her exceptional volunteer work. Nominees may not be a board member or anyone who is paid by SEJ.
The 2014 award was presented on Wednesday, September 3 at SEJ's 24th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of SEJ. Member-volunteers organize tours and panels for the conference, implement the awards program, contribute to the SEJournal, serve as mentors, and sit on any number of committees. Absent our member-volunteers, SEJ could not achieve the results it does.
This annual award honors exceptional volunteer work by an SEJ member. It was created by the SEJ board in 1998 and named in honor of SEJ founder David Stolberg.
Much of SEJ's best work is accomplished by member-volunteers: tour and panel organizers for the conference, awards program leaders, contributors to SEJournal, SEJ-talk and www.sej.org, freedom-of-information watchdogs, mentors, and leaders in diversity outreach. Volunteers define the heart and soul of SEJ, and they expand the group's reach and significance in ways that are not easily measured.
David Stolberg had a 38-year career with Scripps Howard that included duties for the Scripps Howard Foundation's annual Meeman Awards for excellence in environmental reporting. Stolberg always believed in "the value of networking, of the subliminal training that comes from an association with one's peers." In the 1980s, when Stolberg was assistant general editorial manager of Scripps Howard, he came up with the SEJ idea and kept suggesting it to Meeman winners until he found one who was willing to put in the volunteer time to organize with other journalists and make something happen. That person was SEJ's founding president, Jim Detjen.
Stolberg died May 24, 2011 at age 83.
2016 — Tim Wheeler
2015 — Lana Straub
2014 — Beth Daley
2013 — Jane Braxton Little
2012 — Janet Raloff
2011 — Chuck Quirmbach
2010 — Elizabeth Bluemink
2009 — Roger Witherspoon
2008 — Margie Kriz
2007 — Mike Dunne
2006 — Dale Willman
2005 — Denny Wilkins
2004 — Ken Ward Jr.
2003 — Orna Izakson and Dawn Stover
2002 — Michael Rivlin
2001 — Russell Clemings
2000 — Paul MacLennan
1999 — Randall Edwards
|Photo courtesy of Carolyn Whetzel.|
See also: "The Clem," named for long-time SEJ-supporter Clem Henriksen (pictured, right). The award was established in 2015 in Clem's memory as “a perpetual award honoring a person who is not a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists yet who has volunteered to help our organization in a way and an extent that merits this special recognition.”