Guidry won the 12th annual award for his editorials covering topics including energy policy, the Everglades, state and local land acquisition programs, protecting coastal waters, and wilderness bills, specifically the Endangered Species Act.
?We have been impressed by the quality of both the writing and the reasoning in Joe Guidry?s editorials,? Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows said in a statement.
A Tampa native, Guidry earned both a B.A. and a master?s from the University of South Florida. He worked part time at the Tampa Times while attending school and was a reporter and news editor at the paper before it closed in 1982. He then transferred to the Tampa Tribune and quickly became the night city editor and member of the editorial board.
The award is named after Aldo Leopold, the author of the seminal conservationist book, A Sand County Almanac. Leopold also founded The Wilderness Society in 1935, and the non-profit organization presents the annual award to a journalist who encourages the protection of America?s remaining wild lands.
Guidry is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, Trinity Caf?, and the Children's Cancer Research Group at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.
By: E&P Staff Joe Guidry, opinion editor for The Tampa Tribune, has been named the winner of the Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing.