2010 Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism
The Dark Side of Dairies
Rebecca Clarren specializes in investigative journalism with a focus on labor, agriculture and environmental health. A former associate editor of High Country News, she now freelances for magazines such as Mother Jones and Salon.com from her home in Portland, Oregon. During the past eight years, she has won eight grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to research stories like pesticide poisoning of farm workers, health effects associated with natural gas development, and the politics behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific evaluation of toxic chemicals. In 2009, she won an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship to research the unmitigated impacts associated with domestic development of natural gas. She is currently writing a book about the same topic.