‘NYT’ Wins Grantham Prize for Reporting on Environment

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By: E&P Staff

The New York Times was named the winner of the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, it was announced today.

The Times received the 2008 prize for its reporting in its series “Choking on Growth,” a 10-part series on the environmental damage brought about by China’s rapid development. The seven journalists who reported on the story will receive a $75,000 prize.

Daytona News-Journal environmental writer Diana Voyles Pulver will receive an Award of Special Merit for her yearlong series “Our Natural Treasures: Are We Losing Our Way?” She was one of three finalists to receive the award, which includes a $5,000 prize.

The series concerns the threat brought by development to a number of ecosystems in Central Florida. The Grantham judges called Pulver’s series “a significant commitment for a daily newspaper of moderate size, especially in these difficult times for print journalism.”

The other finalists who received Awards of Special Merit and $5,000 were David Malakoff and Alison Richards, editors of the National Public Radio series “Climate Connections”; and Ed Struzik, whose series “Big Thaw-Arctic in Peril” ran in the Edmonton Journal and the Toronto Star.

The Grantham Prize was created in 2005 and is sponsored by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. The prize-winners will be presented with their awards at a Sept. 8 ceremony and seminar at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

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