Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing

Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer and Lisa Song 2015

InsideClimate News

NPF judges selected InsideClimate News’ extraordinary work that revealed Exxon’s secretive scientific research into the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. A team of four reporters produced an exhaustive project titled “Exxon: The Road Not Taken.”

The NPF judges said: “The InsideClimate News project was one of the most significant journalism efforts of 2015. It disclosed stunning information: Exxon knew and decided to hide its scientific findings on the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. How could this stay secret for 30 years? The ground-breaking investigation by InsideClimate News represents a cherished tenet of journalism: to hold people with power accountable.”

The InsideClimate News team included Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer and Lisa Song.

Judges for the Stokes award were Rod Kuckro, a reporter for Energy & Environment Publishing; Ronnie Greene, Washington enterprise editor for Reuters; and John Walcott, NPF past chairman and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. The judges noted the strong field of 39 entries for the Stokes award this year.

The Thomas L. Stokes Award was established in 1959 by friends and admirers of the late Thomas L. Stokes, the syndicated Washington columnist on national affairs. It was to be given annually for the best writing “in the independent spirit of Tom Stokes” on subjects of interest to him, including energy and natural resources.

 

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