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Mercury-News Reporter Receives National Sierra Club Award

SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 15, 2001 - San Jose Mercury-News reporter Paul Rogers has received the Sierra Club's 2001 David Brower Award. The award recognizes a professional journalist for work in the area of environmental reporting.

Rogers has written extensively on logging, fishing, national parks, urban sprawl and endangered species issues across California and the West. In 1999, he wrote an investigative series titled "Cash Cows," which was the most in-depth look at public lands grazing ever published in a U.S. newspaper. The series showed that federal taxpayers spend more than $100 million every year on grazing subsidies to keep cattle and sheep roaming public lands. The cattle and sheep often inflict severe damage on public lands, endangered species and stream health.

Rogers also has profiled several prominent Sierra Club leaders, including David Brower, who died last year.

A 1989 graduate of Indiana University, Rogers has worked at the Mercury News for 12 years, covering coastal issues and the environment beat for 10 years. He was part of the Mercury News team that won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake, and last year won 1st place in the Best of the West contest for environmental journalism.

A lecturer at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the UC-Santa Cruz Science Communications Program, his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. He also serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, a Missoula, Montana-based non-profit organization that holds seminars to educate journalists about environmental issues.

The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the country's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 700,000 members.

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 Washington Post reporters Tom Kenworthy and Michael Grunwald.

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