Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing

NPF Award Winner: Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing - Daniel Glick and Jason Plautz

Daniel Glick and Jason Plautz 2018

High Country News

High Country News has won the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing for its reporting on the aftermath of a fracking site explosion in Colorado.

National Press Foundation judges said: “High Country News produced a gripping story about what can go terribly wrong in fracking, weaving strong local reporting into a multimedia narrative that captured the fear and alarm in the aftermath of the 2017 explosion. Fracking accidents like the Windsor fire prompted the Colorado legislature to pass a bill giving cities and counties more voice in regulating oil and gas development.”

Journalists Daniel Glick and Jason Plautz of The Story Group reported the winning entry, with visual storytelling colleague Ted Wood. The Stokes award carries a $2,000 prize.

Judges gave an honorable mention to Reuters for “Ocean Shock,” a project on how climate change is forcing an unprecedented fish migration, which it called “an epic underwater refugee crisis.”

Other Winners of this Award

2018

NPF Award Winner: Daniel Glick and Jason Plautz

Daniel Glick and Jason Plautz

High Country News

2017

NPF Award Winner: Brett Chase and Madison Hopkins

Brett Chase and Madison Hopkins

Better Government Association

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