Wetlands reporting earns top honor

By TImes staff writer
Published October 27, 2006


A St. Petersburg Times series on Florida's vanishing wetlands took top honors for investigative reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Reporters Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite were awarded the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting in Print for a series of stories that ran in May 2005.

The judges honored the work for revealing a "pattern of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers catering to developers instead of upholding its legal duty to protect marshes and swamps needed for flood protections, to filter pollution and preserve wildlife."

Also honored for investigative reporting were the Bergen Record, for stories about the legacy of industrial toxic waste in a New Jersey community, and the Wall Street Journal, for a story about toxic concerns emerging from old chemicals.