Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing

NPF Award Winner: Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy and Environment Writing - Katherine Blunt, Russell Gold and Rebecca Smith

Katherine Blunt, Russell Gold and Rebecca Smith 2019

The Wall Street Journal

Katherine Blunt covers renewable energy and utilities for the Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining the Journal, she worked at the Houston Chronicle, where she spent two years on the business desk covering energy and other sectors. There, she also wrote a three-part series on the business of Joel Osteen and how his megachurch became the largest in the nation. Before joining the Chronicle, she covered transportation for the San Antonio Express-News. She grew up in Maryland and attended Elon University, where she majored in journalism and history.

Russell Gold is an award-winning investigative journalist at The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of two books — The Boom and Superpower. He has covered the energy beat for 15 years and in 2020 will inaugurate a new beat the Journal: Climate change and business.

Rebecca Smith has reported on energy issues for The Wall Street Journal for nearly 20 years. Previously, she worked for newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and Daily Oklahoman. She is a three-time recipient or co-recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, a Hancock Award for business writing and other national writing awards. She is the co-author of “24 Days,” an account of the Enron Corp. collapse.

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Daniel Glick and Jason Plautz

High Country News


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Brett Chase and Madison Hopkins

Better Government Association


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Center for Public Integrity


Tony Bartelme

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Robert Collier

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The Plain Dealer Staff

Cleveland Plain Dealer


Sudeep Reddy and Pete Slover

The Dallas Morning News


James Bruggers

The Courier Journal


Ralph Haurwitz and Jeff Nesmith

Austin American-Statesman and Cox Newspapers


Peter Eisler

USA Today