"Covid-19 has made heroes out of millions of healthcare workers. Here are a few reporters that have earned our thanks, too."
"We're enveloped in the global Covid-19 crisis, so it may seem like an odd time to go off topic.
But I've been thinking about my environmental journalism colleagues in the same way we're thinking about healthcare workers these days: They're unappreciated, they're battling often-lethal phenomena, and they deserve more respect than they usually get.
This is on my mind because in the past month, two of my most respect-worthy colleagues no longer have jobs at two key regional newspapers.
Last week, the Tampa Bay Times took a chunk out of its own newsroom. Craig Pittman, who has focused on Florida's fragile environment for most of his three decades at the paper, was among the layoff victims.
Late last month, as I wrote a few weeks ago, Ken Ward Jr. resigned after nearly three decades as Big Coal's watchdog at the Charleston WV Gazette-Mail. "