The Knight-Risser Prize
for Western Environmental Journalism
2011 winner

2013 Winner of the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism

An investigative report in articles, slideshows, video and interactive graphics that focuses on a little-known U.S. Department of Agriculture agency whose strategy for controlling animals deemed of risk to agriculture and the public has killed millions of predators and other species across the West, often in ways that are inhumane, excessive and at odds with science.

Special Recognition
“Clean Water: The Next Act”
Robert McClure and Jason Alcorn of InvestigateWest and the staff of EarthFix: Ashley Ahearn, Katie Campbell, Courtney Flatt, Aaron Kunz, Cassandra Profita, Bonnie Stewart, Amelia Templeton, David Steves, and Toni Tabora-Robert

The judges noted its comprehensiveness and innovative uses of text, video and audio to give people wide access to information about the state of U.S. rivers, lakes, and bays since passage of the federal Clean Water Act 40 years ago. In the Northwest and nationwide, the stories show, most water bodies still don’t qualify as clean and new threats are outpacing the act’s enforcers.

 


WINNERS OF THE KNIGHT-RISSER PRIZE
2016
Pumped Dry
The Desert Sun and USA Today
2015
Big Oil, Bad Air
CPI, InsideClimate News, The Weather Channel
2014
Sea Change
The Seattle Times
2013
The Killing Agency
The Sacramento Bee
2012
Perilous Passages
High Country News
2011
Dry Times
5280 Magazine
2010
Chain Saw Scouting
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2009
Logging and Landslides:
What Went Wrong?
The Seattle Times
2008
Climate Change Hits Home
San Antonio Express-News
2007
Blighted Homeland
The Los Angeles Times
2006
Squeezing Water from a Stone
High Country News