By: Dave Astor
New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez and Daily News editorial board members are among the people who’ll be honored May 29 at a New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health awards event.
NYCOSH is honoring the Daily News journalists for their work exposing post-9/11 health problems caused by the contaminated World Trade Center site — problems the Environmental Protection Agency and others downplayed. Gonzales wrote a number of columns soon after 9/11, and the Daily News editorial board did a series of editorials starting last spring, about the diseases and disabilities suffered by people exposed to the WTC site. The columns and editorials included a lot of reporting.
“We believe those editorials had a big effect on public opinion,” NYCOSH Public Affairs Director Jonathan Bennett told E&P. “And, after the editorials, coverage got better in other media outlets.”
Bennett added that Gonzalez, back in 2001 and 2002, was way ahead of most journalists in writing about the WTC site’s toxic effect on workers.
The May 29 event will take place in Manhattan.