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“Draining the Forests”

Excellence in Environmental Reporting, honoring Edward W. “Ted” Scripps II

The Coloradoan, The Arizona Republic, The Desert Sun, The Spectrum, 2022

Author(s): Staff | The Coloradoan, Staff | The Arizona Republic, Staff | The Desert Sun, Staff | The Spectrum


This multi-newsroom investigative project exposed how U.S. Forest Service oversight failed to protect the American West’s forests in the face of climate change. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the four-newsroom collaboration shed light on how the Forest Service allows the diversion of water from water-starved forests.

Honoring Edward W. “Ted” Scripps II
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For the first time, Excellence in Environmental Reporting is named in honor of Edward W. “Ted” Scripps II. Early in his career, Ted worked as a reporter for United Press and Scripps Howard newspapers in Denver and San Francisco. Ted also served as a vice president and secretary of The E.W. Scripps Company. He was a conservationist with interests in environmental issues and changing technologies in the communications industry.