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Congratulations to Zahra Hirji, ’13’ and to Lisa Song, ’09, for winning SEAL Environmental Journalism awards. Dedicated to honoring efforts to bring environmental news and analysis into the public discourse and to elevate the general public’s understanding of these complex issues, the SEAL awards celebrate the top twelve environmental journalists globally. They recognize journalistic work as well as projects that “pioneer new media platforms and build partnerships between news outlets and colleagues in the field of environmental journalism.”

Zahra and Lisa are both powerhouse environmental journalists. Zahra is currently a climate reporter with Bloomberg Green. Previously, she was a senior science reporter at BuzzFeed News and a 2018 Ida B. Wells Fellow at Type Investigations, where she reported on worker safety and discrimination in the oil and gas industry. Prior to her work at BuzzFeed, Zahra was a staff reporter at Inside Climate News, where she was part of the reporting team that won the 2015 Society of Environmental Journalists’ Kevin Carmody Award for a series on the dangers of air pollution from fracking.

Lisa is an investigative environment and climate change reporter at ProPublica. Previously, she was a staff writer at Inside Climate News, where she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

SEAL award winners are chosen “based on a panel review of each journalist’s work, data-driven analysis of the impact and reach of their articles, and consideration for writers who are bringing fresh perspectives and social relevance to environmental issues.” Congratulations, Zahra and Lisa.