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For the second year in a row, the global media collaboration Covering Climate Now is honoring journalists doing the strongest coverage of the onrushing climate emergency and its abundant solutions. Winners of the 2022 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards include journalists at the Guardian, Agence-France Presse, Al Jazeera English, PBS NewsHour, Globo, and HBO Max, as well as The Third Pole, Grist, the Post and Courier, the Los Angeles Times, and WGBH-PRX. Justin Worland, senior correspondent for TIME, was named Climate Journalist of the Year.
“Cutting edge journalists and newsrooms are increasingly grasping the urgency of the climate story, reporting it on the ground, and informing people and policymakers who can drive solutions,” said Kyle Pope, the editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review and the chair of the CCNow Awards judging process. “By honoring the best of this reporting, we hope to inspire fellow journalists everywhere to emulate the work of these exceptional colleagues.”
Award winners will be featured in a one-hour special hosted by Al Roker, co-host of NBC News’ TODAY and Savannah Sellers, host of NBC’s Stay Tuned and NBC News NOW anchor, that will air on October 25, 2022 on the WORLD Channel, which is broadcast by 191 public television stations nationwide.
“The most burning question facing humanity today is whether we will end the climate emergency before it ends us,” said Mark Hertsgaard, the executive director of Covering Climate Now, whose 500-plus partner news outlets reach some 2 billion people. “Better news coverage is an essential climate solution, a catalyst that makes progress on every part of the problem — from politics to business, lifestyle change to systems change — more likely.”
The 23 winners were selected from over 900 entries submitted from 65 countries, a 50% increase over last year’s awards. Juries composed of distinguished journalists representing 58 newsrooms around the world chose 68 finalists before naming the ultimate winners.
A full list of the winners is at coveringclimatenow.org/awards.
Covering Climate Now, founded in 2019, is a non-profit, non-partisan collaboration of journalists and news outlets that is supported by grants from Actions@EBMF, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Michaux Family Foundation, One Earth Fund, Park Foundation, Rockefeller Family Fund, Schumann Media Center, Taylor Family Charitable Fund, and Wayne Crookes.