Award Winners



Bangladesh: Where the Climate Exodus Begins (series) "Facing the specter of the globe’s biggest and harshest mass journeys" - March 2009

Bangladesh: Where the Climate Exodus Begins (series) "E+E’s Lisa Friedman explores storm-ravaged Bengali village" - March 2009

Bangladesh: Where the Climate Exodus Begins (series) "The road from growing rice to raising shrimp to misery" - March 2009



In a five-part series that ran in March 2009 on ClimateWire, an environmental news service, reporter Lisa Friedman described the potential impact of climate change on Bangladesh, which some scientists see as ground zero for a likely wave of climate-induced mass migrations around the globe.

Friedman “brings climate science down to a human level and highlights how one often-overlooked corner of the world is affected by climate-changing activities elsewhere,” said judge Tina Hesman Saey of Science News. Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press said Friedman’s...Read more



"Megafishes project to size up real ‘Loch Ness Monsters" - 24 July 2007

"World’s largest trout thrives in Mongolia—for now" - 7 Nov. 2007

"Giant river stingrays found near Thai city" - 29 Apr. 2008

National Geographic News


Stefan Lovgren traveled around the world to tell the story of monster species of fish and their habitat. “Using all of the tools available, Lovgren paints a compelling portrait of these gargantuan fish that most people would never get to see,” said Seth Borenstein of Associated Press. “The images of the giant ray and the cannibalistic fish hook you, and the narrative reels you in.” Warren Leary, a freelance writer formerly with The New York Times, called Lovgren’s work “a fine entry that introduces the public to an interesting topic in an innovative way. Good...Read more



"Lake Superior Basin Climate Change series" - 3 May 2007; 3 June 2007; 30 June 2007


Katie Alvord, a freelance reporter who won in the online categeory for her stories on the changing environment of Michigan’s Upper Pennisula, said the award “makes the intense work I did to write this online article series even more worthwhile.” She added, “Especially for a small-town freelancer like me, it’s a real boost to get this kind of recognition.”

In a solid example of localized science reporting for a community-based Web site, freelance writer Alvord described the potential local impacts of global warming on a local Michigan community. Kathy Sawyer, a...Read more



"The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: 100 Years Later" - 20 Mar. 2006

Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer


The judges praised the use of Web technology and the overall excellence of the Online NewsHour’s site about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the state of earthquake research. “This very nice package included two interactive graphics, a slide show, and general stories of a length appropriate to the Internet,” said Mary Knudson, a freelance editor and writer who also teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University. Neil Munro of the National Journal called the site “a very promising example of what the Web can become—easy to read and understand,...Read more



"Fantastic Forests: The Balance Between Nature & People of Madagascar" - 3 June 2005


The judges were impressed by the lively quality of Grossman’s work, which looks at the struggle to preserve biodiversity in Madagascar, an African island smaller than Texas but home to a prodigious diversity of fauna and flora more varied than that of all of North America. Grossman introduces online visitors to a rich catalogue of critters, including the fossa, a remarkable predator that looks like a cross between a cat and a dog and loves to snack on lemurs, the tree-dwelling primates for which Madagascar is famous.

Diedtra Henderson of the Boston Globe...Read more



"Hamilton’s Fall" - 18 Dec. 2003

"My Darwinian Daughters" - 12 Feb. 2004

"Why the Cousins Are Gone" - 30 Dec. 2003