The Knight-Risser Prize
for Western Environmental Journalism

The Knight-Risser Prize Symposium

The annual Knight-Risser Prize Symposium seeks to forge active collaborative links between environmental research, education, journalism, and policy-making to enrich and support environmental journalism and make environmental research, scholarship and teaching relevant to the real world.

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium at Stanford University:

Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, Jan. 25, 2017

When the Well Runs Dry:
Facing a Groundwater Crisis in the West

Please join us on January 25th as we celebrate the 2016 Knight-Risser Prize winner Ian James and his colleagues at the Desert Sun and USA Today. Their report,"Pumped Dry" explored groundwater overdraft in the American West and worldwide, revealing a looming crisis for this essential resource.

Previous symposiums:

“When the Well Runs Dry: Confronting a Groundwater Crisis” 

2017 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, January 25, 2017

“Breathless in Texas: Energy Production Puts Air at Risk” 

2016 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 25, 2015

“Troubled Waters: Marine Life and the Threat of Ocean Acidification” 

2015 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 25, 2015

“Deadly Measures: Uncovering a Little-Known Agency's Toll on Wildlife” 

2014 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 5, 2014

“Wildlife, Wired: How Technology Is Changing Nature Reporting” 

2013 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 20, 2013

“Adapting to Dry Times: The Role of the Media in an Increasingly Arid West ” 

2012 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, January 25, 2012

“The Crisis in Western Environmental Journalism” 

2010-11 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, November 17, 2010

“Visualizing the Environment” 

2010 Risser Prize Symposium, January 27, 2010

“Environmental Fallout of the Cold War” 

2008 Risser Prize Symposium, March 13, 2008


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Pumped Dry
The Desert Sun and USA Today
Big Oil, Bad Air
CPI, InsideClimate News, The Weather Channel
Sea Change
The Seattle Times
The Killing Agency
The Sacramento Bee
Perilous Passages
High Country News
Dry Times
5280 Magazine
Chain Saw Scouting
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Logging and Landslides:
What Went Wrong?
The Seattle Times
Climate Change Hits Home
San Antonio Express-News
Blighted Homeland
The Los Angeles Times
Squeezing Water from a Stone
High Country News