The series on mine safety that I worked on at NPR won the 2015 Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting.
I’m very honored to be among the 2014 IRE award winners with my colleagues from NPR.
“Judges’ comments: “Delinquent Mines” used innovative data analysis to find that 2,700 American coal and mineral mining companies had failed to pay nearly $70 million in delinquent mine safety penalties for years or even decades. These mining companies operated more than 4,000 mines and while they were delinquent, committed 131,000 violations, exposing a loophole in federal regulation and enforcement that places miners at risk. The collaboration found human stories to illustrate the data, from anguished families whose relatives were killed in mining accidents to one billionaire owner whose mines had large unpaid fines. The stories led the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to cite a major delinquent mining company for failure to pay its fines and then shut down the mine when the operator failed to meet a deadline for payment. The agency also said it was considering an “early warning system” for delinquent mines so that it could begin court action against them sooner.”
Check out this post if you want to learn more about the analysis behind NPR’s investigation into delinquent mines.
As of April, D&C owed more than any other mine or entire mining company on the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s list of delinquents. The unpaid penalties exceed $4 million.
Read and listen to the entire investigation here.
“Karan Ireland thought she was well-informed, until she discovered a strange smell that changed her life.”
After a mad dash to find Karan and an all-nighter in an iHop, I was extremely honored to win the second annual Radio Race from KCRW’s Independent Producer Project with my story, “You should know what’s right next door.”
What’s this Radio Race you speak of? From the producers:
140 teams from all around the world took up our challenge to produce an artful and compelling 4-minute audio piece in one mad-dash, energy-drink-swigging 24 hour period. The result was an explosion of creative radio storytelling. Our KCRW judges narrowed down the pieces to a final 10. Then the final 3 were chosen by our esteemed panel of celebrity judges: Alix Spiegel of NPR, radio educator Rob Rosenthal, producer of the How Sound podcast, and Eleanor McDowall producer of the Short Cuts podcast from BBC Radio 4.
NPR combed through federal data and found the Columbia Gulf Transmission pipeline had 26 incidents in the past 10 years, ranging from costly leaks and broken equipment to an explosion on a corroded 1950s-era pipe that killed a man and injured another.
This segment was perhaps my favorite segment EVER On NPR, and that from a very long time listener. Big words, but I’m saying them. Bravo NPR. Truly spectacular segment.
— NPR.org commenter “William K” on the story, “Finding Hope, With The Cranberries’ Help”
I was honored that Weekend’s on All Things Considered picked up the series I produced for KEXP, and even surprised one interviewee with a phone call from his favorite artists. Find the stories at NPR.org.