The Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism

Commenting on the Prize

"Winning the Grantham Prize affirms the importance of the work we did -- and the impact it continues to have across the nation. The prize recognizes the sort of ambitious reporting that makes a difference in the lives of all of us, and it encourages journalists to pursue the most challenging stories."

John Hillkirk, Editor


The Grantham Prize Jury

David Boardman | James T. Hamilton | Deborah Potter | Susanne Reber | Robert B. Semple

David Boardman, Grantham Prize Jury Chair, is Executive Editor of the Seattle Times, with oversight and responsibility for the News Department. The President of the Board of Directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors, IRE, Boardman has directed two Pulitzer Prize-winning team projects, and he has edited four other Pulitzer finalists. The winners were the newspaper's 1990 coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath, winner of the 1990 Pulitzer for national reporting; and the newspaper’s 1997 reporting on abuses in the federal tribal-housing program, winner of that year’s Pulitzer for investigative reporting. Among the journalism prizes he has won are the Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Reporting from Harvard University, the Worth Bingham Prize in Investigative Reporting, and the IRE Award and Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award. Twice a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, Boardman has conducted journalism seminars in Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also has chaired the Craft Development Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

James T. Hamilton is the Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. He has authored several books, including All the News That’s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News, and Regulation Through Revelation: The Origin and Impacts of the Toxics Release Inventory Program. Hamilton has received several awards for his accomplishments in teaching and research, such as the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship in 2007, Frank Luther Mott Book Award in 2004, the Kennedy School of Government’s Goldsmith Book Prize from the Shorenstein Center in 1999, and Trinity College’s (Duke) Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. Hamilton earned a BA in economics and government in 1983 and a PhD in economics in 1991, both from Harvard University.

Deborah Potter is the Executive Director of NewsLab, providing training and online resources for journalists in all media. Potter is a highly regarded guest lecturer and leads workshops for journalists and students worldwide, focusing on reporting and writing the news online, journalism ethics and newsroom management. For the past decade Potter has served as a featured columnist for the American Journalism Review, and she reports regularly for the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Potter is a veteran television reporter, having spent 16 years as a network correspondent for CBS News and CNN. At CNN, Potter anchored news programs and reported on national politics and environmental issues. She joined CNN in 1991 after 13 years at CBS News, where she served as White House, State Department, and Congressional Correspondent, while also covering the environment. She was a frequent contributor to the primetime CBS News program 48 Hours and hosted the interview program Nightwatch.

Susanne Reber is senior coordinating editor for multiplatform projects and investigations at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, Reber led NPR News’ Investigative Unit as their first Deputy Managing Editor of Investigations, where she managed a core investigative team and worked across all news desks and programs. Prior to joining NPR, Reber built an investigative news program at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where she led its news investigative unit from 2003-2010. Reber had a distinguished career at the CBC, where she started as an editor and reporter in 1986. Under her leadership, the CBC News investigative unit earned a 2008 Michener Award, two annual prizes for the top Investigative Story from the Canadian Association of Journalists, and awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors and RTNDA. Reber’s former CBC positions include Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Producer with field assignments from Czechoslovakia to Johannesburg to Saskatchewan. A frequent speaker on investigative reporting issues, Reber earned her bachelor's degree in German and French Language and Literature from the University of London, and is fully multi-lingual in English, French and German. She graduated from the City University in London with a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism.

Robert B. Semple, Jr. has been Associate Editor of the Editorial Page for The New York Times since 1988. Between 1982 and 1988 he had been Editor of that newspaper’s Op-Ed page. Semple started with The Times in 1963 in its Washington bureau and was a political reporter and White House correspondent during President Richard M. Nixon’s first term. He has worked for The Times as a Deputy National Editor in New York and as London bureau chief. Semple in 1996 won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing on environmental issues.