The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced today that InsideClimate News’ series Harvesting Peril: Extreme Weather and Climate Change on the American Farm has won the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism.
Harvesting Peril describes how the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation’s largest farm lobby, has worked to undermine climate science and derail climate policy, putting at risk the very farmers it represents. The stories were reported and written by Georgina Gustin, John H. Cushman, Jr., and Neela Banerjee after months of investigation, which included reviewing hundreds of documents and conducting more than 200 interviews. The series included in-depth graphic art by Paul Horn and an explanatory video by Gustin and Anna Belle Peevey.
The judges lauded the reporting team, writing: “InsideClimate News’ smart reporting from the field, its engaging explanatory graphics, and its trenchant insights illuminated a problem that is getting increasing attention at a time of rising risks and persistent inaction.”
The John B. Oakes Award honors the career of the late John B. Oakes, a pioneer of environmental journalism, who worked for The New York Times as a columnist, editorial writer and creator of the op-ed page. The award is given annually “for news reporting that makes an exceptional contribution to the public’s understanding of environmental issues.”
“It’s tremendously gratifying to be honored with this award,” said Stacy Feldman, ICN’s executive editor. “John B. Oakes helped propel environmental issues into the national conversation. This is our mission, and it means so much to our team to be recognized at a time when reporting on earth’s changing environment, and the political forces affecting its future, is so critical.”
The four-part Harvesting Peril series revealed how the Farm Bureau has worked with fossil fuel allies over decades to sow uncertainty about the science of global warming and the need for…