The Knight-Risser Prize
for Western Environmental Journalism
2011	winner
Natasha Gardner and Patrick Doyle

2011 Winner of the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism

“Dry Times”
Patrick Doyle and Natasha Gardner
5280 Magazine

"Dry Times" explores and explains Denver's water challenges through engaging text and imaginative graphics. It was selected winner for its clear and compelling presentation of a many-layered story of geography, history, land use and policy.

Special Recognition
“Nitrate Contamination Spreading in California Communities”
Julia Scott, Sasha Khoka, Christopher Beaver, California Watch

A multimedia project of California Watch by Julia Scott, a freelance reporter, Sasha Khokha, Central Valley Bureau Chief for KQED Radio and independent filmmaker Christopher Beaver. Scott's stories appeared in print and online for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area News Group, the Riverside Press Enterprise, Visalia Times Delta and Tulare Advance Register. Khokha's radio reports were broadcast on KQED Radio and Beaver's video segments appeared exclusively on

Special Recognition
“Accidental Wilderness”  
David Wolman, High Country News

A first-person exploration and contemplation of an amazing re-generation around some of the U.S. government's most contaminated nuclear sites. Reporter David Wolman describes in High Country News how these buffer zones have evolved into defacto nature preserves, where wildlife and new species of plants thrive.


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