By Emily Greenhalgh
PBN Web Editor
NARRAGANSETT – The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded a three-person team from the Salk Lake Tribune with the 2012 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment.
The $75,000 award was presented at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Leadership Awards Dinner late Tuesday.
The Salt Lake Tribune team – Brandon Loomis, Rick Egan and Dave Noyce – won for their series “Our Dying Forests,” which examined the link between climate change and the spread of beetles destroying millions of acres of forests in the American West.
“I'm thrilled to have such recognition for a project we knew from the start was bigger than Utah or the Rocky Mountains,” Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brandon Loomis said at a press conference. “I hope reporters everywhere will pick up where we left off to investigate and explain what's happening where they live.”
Three other entries were selected to receive the 2012 Grantham Awards of Special Merit and a $5,000 cash prize.
Paul Greenberg won a special merit award for his work “Four fish: the future of the last wild food.”
Gary Marcuse and Betsy Carson of Face to Face Media won recognition for their piece “Waking the green tiger: a green movement rises in China.”
Delphine Andrews, Whitney Baker, Caitlyn Greene, Hadley Gustafson, Kristen Long, Jeffrey Mittelstadt, Hely Olivares, Catherine Orr, Sarah Riazati, Mimi Schiffman and Catherine Spangler and Laura Ruel of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill earned the final special merit award for the multimedia series “Coal: A Love Story.”