Howard Berkes

Howard Berkes, a rural affairs correspondent for NPR, has worked 30 years at the network. His award-winning reporting includes the first details of the failed attempt by Morton Thiokol engineers to stop the fateful 1986 launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger and a 16-month-long investigation of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia.  Berkes has also won awards for breaking news, science and sports journalism, and was a 1998 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University.  

The Justice Department might again consider criminal charges in case reported by Center and NPR.

Most farms are exempt from federal workplace safety rules. Given ongoing grain entrapment problems, some say they shouldn't be.

The 2010 deaths of a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man in an Illinois grain bin highlight unsafe practices, spotty enforcement.

Community in turmoil over cement plant's permission to exceed emissions of hazardous waste incinerators — all perfectly legal

Regulators stymied unless they could witness 'fugitive' emissions