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Congratulations, again, to Lisa Song, ’09, and the ProPublica team for being named finalists for the Scripps Howard Awards. Dedicated to honoring high-impact reporting that spurs action, creates new immersion experiences for readers, and goes to extraordinary lengths to expose previously undisclosed or misunderstood information, the Scripps Howard Awards are among the most prestigious journalism prizes.

Lisa and ProPublica are finalists in the Excellence in Environmental Reporting category for “Sacrifice Zones: Mapping Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution,” an investigative piece that showcases how overlooked communities located near toxic manufacturing plants bear disproportionate health costs. Since the story was first published last November, more than 76 local news outlets have reported on findings in their area. The EPA has also pledged to launch its own air pollution analysis and to create new cumulative risk guidelines. The piece was created in partnership with The Texas Tribune and Mountain State Spotlight.

In addition to landing on the Scripps Howard shortlist, “Sacrifice Zones” was also a finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the Goldsmith Prize, and won a National Institute for Health Care Management Digital Media Award. Congratulations to Lisa and the ProPublica team.