Award Winners

2013

Radio

"As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge" - 9 July 2012

"Black-Lung Rule Loopholes Leave Miners Vulnerable" - 10 July 2012

NPR and The Center for Public Integrity

 

In a joint investigation by Sandra Bartlett, Howard Berkes and Andrea de Leon of NPR and Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Berkes looked at the resurgence of black lung disease among coal miners, particularly in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. He described how the disease is afflicting younger miners and advancing more quickly to the worst stage of the disease. The two-part series discussed how existing regulatory limits on coal dust are inadequate to protect miners from the increasing levels of silicon dioxide being released as more powerful...Read more

Certificate of Merit

“Coal in the Pacific Northwest” - 11 March, 12 March and 18 June 2013

KUOW Public Radio (Seattle)

 

The radio judging committee also recognized Ashley Ahearn of KUOW Public Radio in Seattle for a three-part series on coal in the Pacific Northwest (11 March, 12 March, and 18 June 2013). Energy companies have been assessing several sites for ship terminals in Washington and Oregon where coal could be transferred from trains arriving from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming. "The prospect of exporting millions of tons of coal through the Northwest is, and will continue to be, the most important story on my beat." Ahearn said. "My goal in this series...Read more