Washington Post Reporter Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 Washington Post reporter Michael
Grunwald has received the Sierra Clubs David Brower Award for his series of
investigative reports on the Army Corps of Engineers. The award recognizes a professional
journalist for work in the area of environmental reporting.
The series, which involved more than 1,000 interviews and examination of tens of
thousands of pages of documents, found that the Corps is converting its strong
congressional relationships into billions of dollars worth of taxpayer-funded water
projects, many with significant environmental costs and minimal economic benefit.
"Michael has written the most definitive series of articles about the Corps of
Engineers and their destruction of American rivers ever produced," said Sierra Club
President Robert Cox.
Grunwald began his work on the Corps of Engineers stories in November 1999, when the Post
named him a national enterprise reporter. His articles exposing the Corps
manipulation of data to justify destructive water projects like new locks on the
Mississippi River have sparked congressional investigations, a National Academy of
Sciences investigation, a Defense Department investigation, congressional hearings and
nationwide calls for independent review of proposed and existing Corps water projects. The
articles have been reprinted in newspapers across the country.
"Michaels stories have helped create the best opportunity yet to reform the
Corps and reorient its destructive policies," Cox said.
A 1992 graduate of Harvard College, Grunwald joined the Post in 1998 after
spending five years working for the Boston Globe.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
Previous recipients of the David Brower Award include television journalist Charles
Kuralt, Philip Shabecoff of the New York Times, Tom Horton of the Baltimore Sun
and former Washington Post reporter Tom Kenworthy.