Three separate Center for Public Integrity investigations examining toxic air, green energy contracts and hazards in oil refineries have won 1st place honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
The prizes, among the national winners in a contest attracting more than 1,700 entries, were awarded for:
- Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities: Produced in partnership with National Public Radio and the Investigative News Network — won top honors for Public Service in Online Journalism. The series explored how, more than two decades after enhancements to the Clean Air Act, many communities still suffer poisoned air and regulatory neglect. The Center’s main stories were written by Jim Morris, Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Elizabeth Lucas and Emma Schwartz.
- Green Energy: Contracts, Connections and the Collapse of Solyndra: Written by Ronnie Greene in partnership with ABC News, won the top honor for Online Investigative reporting. The series of reports documented breakdowns in the process by which the Department of Energy awarded lucrative green energy grants and loans.
- Fueling Fears: Written by Jim Morris and Chris Hamby, won top honors in Online Non-deadline reporting. The reports examined worker and environmental hazards at America’s aging oil refineries.
The national prizes were announced this week, and will be presented at a July 20 ceremony at the National Press Club.