2014 Media Releases
Tom Bell, the straight-talking founder of High Country News, turns 90 on April 12. At a time when there was little coverage of environmental issues in the American West, Bell founded HCN in 1970.
The Society of Professional Journalists' Colorado chapter awarded four High Country News writers with Top of the Rockies awards on April 25. High Country News writers received four first place awards and one third place award for work in the news outlet's print magazine and website.
The Society of Environmental Journalists awarded High Country News contributing editor Cally Carswell second place in their 2014 Awards for Reporting on the Environment in the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting. Carswell’s story, “The Tree Coroners,” is about the dedicated scientists who are working to understand just how and why trees die in order to save the West's threatened forests.
High Country News, the leading source for environmental news, analysis and commentary about the American West, launched a redesigned website last week, offering more frequent news and in-depth features.
High Country News has just received a $30,000 INNovation Fund grant from the Investigative News Network. The magazine –– one of only eight nonprofit newsrooms to receive a grant –– plans to use it for the High Country News University program, which works with colleges and universities nationwide to integrate HCN’s content into coursework.