The Whitman Bassow Award 2011

There was no bigger environmental story in the past year than the multiple meltdowns at the nuclear power plant known as Fukushima Daiichi. While various outlets did heroic work in covering breaking developments in Japan and explaining the risks and realities, Osnos demonstrated mastery of the nuclear accident’s multiple facets. Whether illuminating Japan’s history with nuclear power or coping with the hard science of meltdowns or radioactive fallout, Osnos showed real depth as well as flair for clear, concise and compelling language. Such insightful reporting and writing ensures that the reader will not forget this cautionary tale.

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