Ten journalists at The Record of Bergen County, NJ, spent eight months investigating the actions of Ford, government officials and even the Mob in exposing residents of the woodlands of northern New Jersey to millions of gallons of toxic paint sludge carrying lead, arsenic and other dangerous containments.
“I'm thrilled to have such recognition for a project that we knew from the start was bigger than Utah or the Rocky Mountains,” said Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brandon Loomis. “My sources revealed many climate change-driven threats to forests in the US and globally through their research, and I hope reporters everywhere will pick up where we left off to investigate and explain what's happening where they live.”
-- Brandon Loomis of The Salt Lake Tribune, 2012 Grantham Prize Winner
The Economist's special issue. "Winning the Grantham Prize was tremendously gratifying and of course hugely encouraging of my writing on the environment. With all those powerful interests stacked against conservation and sustainability, it makes a very nice change to have such heavyweights as the Granthams on the environmental side of the argument."
-- James Astill of The Economist, 2011 Grantham Prize Winner
"The stunning thing about the Grantham Prize is that it rewards bold reporting on hidden yet critical environmental issues. In an era characterized by strident opinion backed by little research and less understanding, that makes the prize not only counter-cultural but visionary."
-- Alanna Mitchell, 2010 Grantham Prize Winner
"The Grantham Prize - and the example set by others who received it - has convinced editors that the environment is important, and that we can cover it in a way that has a significant impact."
--Blake Morrison and Brad Heath, 2009 Grantham Prize Co-Winners
"The Grantham Prize rewards expensive, time-consuming, out-of-the mainstream journalism whose importance will be most recognized in 20 or 30 years, when the world asks itself, 'What were we thinking back then?' A prestigious prize for environmental reporting makes such good sense."
--Glenn Kramon, assistant managing editor for enterprise reporting, The New York Times
"I want to give special thanks to Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham for elevating the visibility of environmental reporting in newsrooms around the country -- places where it doesn't always get its due respect."
-- Kenneth Weiss, 2007 Grantham Prize co-winner
"Beyond the very pleasant motivation that comes from winning, the exposure to so many environmental experts and others at the seminars has significantly improved my own understanding of the underlying issues, parochial and global."
-- Tim Nostrand, investigations editor, The Record, and 2006 Grantham Prize co-winner