SEJ member Elizabeth H. McGowan and her InsideClimate News colleagues Lisa Song and David Hasemyer won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their “The Dilbit Disaster” entry, an investigative piece uncovering what really happened when millions of gallons of tar sands oil from Canada poured into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River after a pipe burst. They were also named as a finalist in the Environmental Reporting category of the 2012 Scripps Howard Awards competition; earned an honorable mention in the 2012 John B. Oakes Award contest presented by the Columbia University School of Journalism; and won the 2012 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism presented by Hunter College.
James Bruggers has worked for more than 30 years as a reporter in Montana, Alaska, Washington, California and Kentucky, covering coal, energy, air quality, water quality, and local and state government environmental agencies, as well as some general assignment. For about 20 years, James has been an active SEJ member, including serving as the SEJ president who helped spearhead SEJ's awards, endowment and Freedom of Information programs. He has not missed an Annual Conference since 1994. He is on staff at The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, Kentucky's largest news organization, and has written a daily blog, Watchdog Earth, since 2006.
Longtime SEJ member Francesca Lyman is a journalist, book author, Fund for Environmental Journalism grantee, and contributor/managing editor of the green-building e-magazine Solaripedia.com. She has written commentaries, profiles and investigative pieces on health and the environment for various newspapers and magazines.
Freelance writer Christopher Ketcham is based in Brooklyn, New York, and Moab, Utah. His work has appeared in Harper's, Orion, The American Prospect, Vanity Fair, GQ, and more. He received a grant in the Winter 2012 cycle of the Fund for Environmental Journalism to report on the Colorado River in the context of Southwest sustainability.
Freelance environmental journalist Christoper Weber contributes to various publications. Living on the historic, diverse South Side of Chicago inspires a lot of Chris’ stories, from policy to food. SEJ’s programs have helped Chris develop his skills. He received a grant in the Winter 2011 cycle of the Fund for Environmental Journalism to complete a national survey of urban farms.
Award-winning ScientificAmerican.com associate editor David Biello has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999. He is the host of the 60-Second Earth podcast, a contributor to the Instant Egghead video series, author of a children's book on bullet trains, and hosts the PBS documentary series Beyond the Light Switch. Read Biello's comments on the state of environmental journalism and the value of SEJ to its member-journalists.
SEJ freelancers Jane Braxton Little (left) and Winnie Bird are collaborating on a series of articles about forest ecology, management, and human health in the aftermath of nuclear disaster. This fall, with support from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, Jane flew from California to Ukraine to report for the stories while Winnie drove to Fukushima from her home in Nagano, Japan.