Winners: SEJ 22nd Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment

The Society of Environmental Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, which honor the best stories released from February 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023, and the best books on environmental topics published in 2022.

The SEJ contest is the world's largest and most comprehensive environmental journalism competition. This year, a record-breaking 589 entries in ten categories were judged by independent volunteer panels of journalists and professors.

On November 16, 2023, at SEJ's 2024 Journalists' Guide to Energy & Environment in Washington, D.C. (and virtual), we'll announce live the winner of the Nina Mason Pulliam Award and its $10,000 cash prize.


SEJ's 2023 Awards for Reporting on the Environment are...


Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Large (2023 Pulliam Award winner)
Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Small
Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large
Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small
Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Large
Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Small
Outstanding Feature Story, Large
Outstanding Feature Story, Small
Outstanding Student Reporting (2023 Pulliam Award honorable mention)
Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

SEJ's 2023 Esteemed Judges and Screeners
SEJ's 2023 Awards Committee

2023 Rules

Esteemed Judges and Screeners, 2023 SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment

Erik Anderson, Environment Reporter, KPBS Public Media
Sam Baker, Journalist, Audio Presenter & Producer
Suzanne Bohan, Freelance Science and Environment Journalist
Erika Bolstad, Freelance Journalist and Author
Lindsay Botts, Digital editor, Sierra Magazine
Merrill Brown, Editorial Director, G/O Media
Catherine Cardno, Editor in Chief: Civil Engineering Online, American Society of Civil Engineers
Mary Carreón, Freelance Journalist
Nancy Castaldo, Author at National Geographic, Algonquin Books for Young Readers, Clarion Books
Chris Clark, Producer/Editor/Journalist
Denis Cuff, Bay Area News Group (retired)
Zoey England, Chief of Staff, Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Connecticut
Beth Gardiner, Freelance Journalist
Rebecca George, Freelance Investigative Journalist
Bennet Goldstein, Investigative Reporter/Report For America Corps Member
Rebecca Hersher, Reporter, National Public Radio's Science Desk
Susan Hess, Executive Director/Publisher, Columbia Insight
Sharon Honore, Associate Professor of Communications, University of the Virgin Islands
Ania Hull, Freelance Journalist
Stephen Hume, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Economics, University of Victoria
Cheryl Katz, Freelance Science/Environment Journalist
Jane Kay, Science and Environment  Contributing Writer
Elaine Kurtenbach, Asia Business Editor, The Associated Press
Jennifer LaFleur, Senior Editor, Center for Public Integrity
Mike Lee, Reporter, E&E News
Mary Mazzacco, Journalist
John Mecklin, Editor in Chief, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Steve Mencher, Founding Producer, Living Downstream: The Environmental Justice Podcast
Elizabeth Miller, Independent Journalist
Brian O’Donoghue, University of Alaska Fairbanks (retired)
Mark Olalde, Southwest Environment Reporter, ProPublica and Adjunct Faculty, Arizona State University
Jennifer Reut, Editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine
Cindy Salo, Freelance Journalist
Jay Seidel, Professor/Department Chair, Fullerton College
Susan Sharon, Deputy News Director, Maine Public Radio
Julia Shipley, Journalist and 2022-2023 Columbia Journalism School Konner Fellow and 2022-2023 Religion and Environment Story Project Fellow
Doug Struck, Senior Journalist-in-Residence, Emerson College; and Freelance
Marcy Trent Long, Founder, Sustainable Asia
Warren Vieth, Journalist (retired) and Chairman, NonDoc
Brett Walton, Reporter, Circle of Blue
Elijah Wolfson, Editorial Director, TIME
Robert Wyss, Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut
Rosanna Xia, Environment Reporter, Los Angeles Times


SEJ 2023 Awards Committee

Heather Dewar, Second Nature News
Parimal Rohit, CoStar News
Third seat vacant

Ex Officio: Chris Bruggers, Senior Advisor, Awards and Elections Sara Schonhardt, International Climate Reporter, E&E News and SEJ Board Liaison to the Awards Committee

Thank you to our Awards judges and screeners over the years!


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