Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing

Center for Public Integrity 2016

The Center for Public Integrity has won the National Press Foundation’s 2016 Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing for its investigation into the nation’s worst fossil fuel polluters.

The heart of the winning entry was a project titled “America’s Super Polluters.” NPF judges said of the project, which is part of CPI’s overall “Carbon Wars” coverage:

“CPI combined two databases to create a list of the worst of the worst polluters, producing a data-driven investigation exposing government laxity, coal industry indifference and the human toll on workers and communities. Methodically filing 50 state FOIA requests, the center also unmasked state-level regulatory cutbacks at a time many areas seek to rein in pollution.”

CPI’s exhaustive coverage of energy and environmental issues previously won the Stokes Award in 2011 and 2014.

Other Winners of this Award

2014

Lisa Song, David Hasemyer, Jim Morris, Greg Gilderman

InsideClimate News, Center for Public Integrity, The Weather Channel

2012

Reuters

An eight-person team collaborated on the winning entry

2011

Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Kimberly Leonard

Center for Public Integrity

2008

Tony Bartelme

The Post and Courier

2007

Thomas Content, Lee Bergquist, Joel Dresang

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

2006

Robert Collier

The San Francisco Chronicle

2005

The Plain Dealer Staff

Cleveland Plain Dealer

2004

Sudeep Reddy and Pete Slover

The Dallas Morning News

2003

James Bruggers

The Courier Journal

2001

Ralph Haurwitz and Jeff Nesmith

Austin American-Statesman and Cox Newspapers

2000

Peter Eisler

USA Today