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Congratulations to Leah Campbell, ’22, for nabbing two Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes. Leah won the S. Klein Prize for Scientific Writing for “‘That‘s Not How It Needs to Be’ – New Orleans Residents Take on Street Flooding and Lead the Green Infrastructure Revolution,” a piece that chronicles how Louisiana activists are mitigating climate risks.

She also took home the Obermayer Prize for Writing for the Public for “Climate Change Poses a Huge Threat to Railroads,” a piece that highlights how rail transportation is transforming in the wake of climate change and how environmental engineers are working to combat the risks. Leah wrote the story while interning at Inside Climate News.

Leah isn’t the first GPSW alum to scoop up Ilona Karmel prizes. Robert Davis, ’21, won the Obermayer Prize for Writing for the Public last year. Ashley Belanger, ’20; Laura Castañón, ’18; Francesca Schembri, ’18; and Sarah Schwartz, ’15, have all landed awards or recognition from the Obermayer Prize committee.

Congratulations, Leah!