High Country News has won not one but TWO of the most prestigious awards in science journalism, for stories explaining the dangerous and unpredictable behavior of wildfires and the discovery and probable disappearance of North America’s newest bird species.
Winning the Gold Award in the Magazine category, Douglas Fox's “Firestorm” describes "the audacious steps one team of researchers took to better understand the anatomy of a monster fire burning in southern Idaho in August 2016" and is “an extremely timely, important investigation of the science of wildfires”, according to judges from the 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.
Winning the Silver Award in the Online category, Nick Neely's story, titled “The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar”, is "an engaging report from the South Hills of Idaho" that "combined strong on-the-scene science reporting, with a great use of language, to tell a fascinating story of ecology, evolution and climate change, all tied up in one little bird", according to judges.
Beth Conover, Gates Family Foundation's Senior Vice President for Natural Resources and Community Development, has been a member of the High Country News board of trustees since 2014 and currently serves as its chair. The Gates Family Foundation has been a supporting partner of HCN since 2010. Conover recuses herself from Foundation decisions regarding HCN.
- Read "Firestorm" by Douglas Fox
- Read “The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar” by Nick Neely
- See all the winners of the 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards