New York Times’ Revkin Wins
$25,000 Chancellor Prize

Science reporter Andrew C. Revkin, long considered a mainstay for his extensive coverage of climate change for The New York Times, is a winner of the 2008 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, a $25,000 prize overseen by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The award recognized Revkin “for his decades-long coverage of the science and politics of climate change.” New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer was recognized for the same prize for her coverage of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism.

Columbia Journalism School Dean Nicholas Lemann, a member of the nine-member prize selection committee, pointed to the reporters’ “consistently resourceful and original reporting” prize committee said Revkin’s reporting “sets the standard for environmental reporters everywhere.” They pointed to his using “multiple platforms to report about the climate and development and cited his Dot Earth blog, podcasts, and photos and video from around the world.

Times Executive Editor Bill Keller said Revkin combines “the skills of an old fashioned beat reporter: mastering the data, cultivating the sources … asking the right questions, applying rigorous analysis.” He called Revkin “the most trusted journaliston the slower-moving but no less urgent story of climate change.”

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