The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award committee this morning announced that StateImpact Pennsylvania is among its 2013 awardees. In its announcement, the duPont committee said the team’s coverage over the past year has “showed the significant impact of natural gas fracking on Pennsylvania residents, and is an important model for reporting on local issues.”
“Reporters Susan Phillips and Scott Detrow covered the public policy, fiscal and environmental impact of the state’s booming energy economy, with a focus on Marcellus Shale drilling,” the announcement reads. “Their broadcast reports were heard on public radio stations across Pennsylvania and on a dedicated web site featuring multimedia, data-driven stories. Their work revealed previously unreported aspects of a new gas drilling law, including a provision that would require health professionals to sign confidentiality agreements in order to get access to chemical exposure information and developments in the state’s efforts to establish a natural gas impact fee.”
Maddow also featured footage recently taken by Scott Detrow of StateImpact Pennsylvania, who recently uncovered the ongoing problem of methane gas leaks near drilling sites in that state.
Calling Henry’s reporting “more comprehensive and also more clear” than anyone else’s, Henry was Maddow’s only guest during the 11-minute segment. You can catch his full interview below.
North and Central Texas, an area not known for its seismic activity, was hit with 11 earthquakes over a span of 40 days in May and June. In recent weeks, several studies have pointed to the deep injection wells used to dispose of drilling wastewater as the likely cause of the tremors.
Former StateImpact digital editor Elise Hu contributed to this report.
Terrence Henry of StateImpact Texaswins this week’s Rock Star Reporter award with the top three most viewed stories of the week network-wide. All three stories shined a light on potential abuses of power, were well-reported and written and were picked up far and wide.
Terrence Henry, StateImpact Texas
First and foremost was his story on the reversal of a coal plant permit by a federal judge in Texas. The story succinctly covered the issues at hand while also bringing into focus an alleged culture of complacency at the Texas Department of Environmental Quality. As one of the first outlets to report on the ruling, Henry’s story was shared widely on Facebook and even made its way to the coveted number one spot on the story’s Google News feed.
Henry’s other series this week, on a UT professor’s failure to disclose his ties with the natural gas industry–while overseeing a study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing–was picked up or mentioned by the New York Times’ Dot Earth blog, Esquire’s The Politics Blog and the Huffington Post (not to mention npr.org). Henry says that his proximity to the sources allowed him to get the story immediately after reports of the professor’s payments began emerging–and ultimately made his coverage distinct from the pack.
A big StateImpact welcome to Mose Buchele and Terrence Henry, the StateImpact Texas reporters who will be based in Austin. Terrence Henry will be overseeing the site, and KUT’s Mose Buchele will lead the StateImpact broadcast coverage. Our final hire of this pilot phase will be in Houston, where we get a bonus StateImpacter. He/she should be announced before the end of the month.
StateImpact's latest addition, Terrence Henry
A little about both of the Austin guys, from their news director, Emily Donahue:
Terrence has more than eight years of new media development, writing, reporting, editing, fact checking, multimedia production and research on tight deadlines at The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, Edible Austin and The Atlantic Online. He also worked as a writer and field producer for four nationally-televised documentaries on The History Channel and National Geographic Channel, traveling to Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Mose has worked for KUT News since he was studying for his graduate degree in Journalism and Latina American studies. Mose is a dedicated and creative reporter who comes to this position from nearly three years of depth reporting on City Hall in Austin and covering a variety of environmental and policy issues. He’s part of the National Murrow-award winning team that produced the NASA retrospective and whose dogged digging has been a driving force behind KUT’s effort to become the news of record on city developments.
Congrats to both of y’all and we can’t wait to welcome Team Texas to our network.