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Columbia Awards USA TODAY Reporters Environmental Journalism Award

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An investigative piece into toxic air around America’s schools has garnered a 2009 John B. Oakes Award for two USA TODAY reporters.

The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism announced today that Blake Morrison and Brad Heath will be the recipients of this year’s Oakes Award, which honors excellence in environmental journalism. The award recognizes the reporters’ work on the investigative series “The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America’s Schools” and it’s companion Web site, which allows readers to search for their schools and discover the level of toxic air in its area. The series resulted in the Environmental Protection Agency launching a $2.25 million program to monitor the air quality around schools.

“By yoking the locations of private and pubic schools around the country with an EPA model for tracking toxic chemicals, the reporters identified hundreds of schools where children seemed to be at risk,” the Oakes Award judges’ said. “As a result, the EPA and local environmental agencies began to do what they should have been doing for years: paying attention to the environment in which our children live and learn.”

Second prize has been awarded to The New York Times series “Toxic Waters” written by Charles Duhigg.

The winners will receive their awards and speak on a panel about their work at the Oakes Award luncheon on March 30 at Columbia.

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USA TODAY Reporters Win Environmental Reporting Award

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting yesterday announced the winners of its Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment — USA TODAY‘s Blake Morrison and Brad Heath. The reporters snagged the top prize, and $75,000, for their investigative series “The Smokestack Effect,” which examined industrial pollution near schools.

Three groups of reporters also received special merit awards and $5,000: Tad Fettig, Karena Albers and Veronique Bernard of kontentreal, for their six-part series about global transportation “e2: transport,” which ran on PBS; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger for their series “Chemical Fallout”; and author Andrew Nikiforuk for his book “Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent.”

The prize was founded by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham in 2005 through the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which supports environmental research and conservation programs around the world.

The prizes winners will give an overview of their award-winning work at the 2009 Grantham Prize Seminar in October in Washington, D.C.

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