The Knight-Risser Prize
for Western Environmental Journalism
2011	winner

Left to right, top to bottom: Jim Morris, Lisa Song, David Hasemyer, Susan White, and Greg Gilderman

2015 Winner of the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism

“Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas”
Jim Morris, Lisa Song, David Hasemyer, Susan White, and Greg Gilderman
The Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel

A 20-month joint reporting project spanning three organizations, “Big Oil, Bad Air” explores the tension between cheap energy and air quality in one of the most active oil and gas fields in the United States. The stories focus on 20,000 square miles of Texas where thousands of production facilities, and waste dumped into open pits, release toxic chemicals into the air with virtually no regulatory oversight.

The core project team comprised reporters Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity and Lisa Song and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News; and Susan White, former executive editor of InsideClimate News. Greg Gilderman, a producer with The Weather Channel joined the effort as a video partner.

Special Citation
“Warehouse Empire”
Jessica Garrison, Buzzfeed News

 


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