The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter is honoring the Michigan Advance with the 2020 Environmental Journalism Award.
The Advance was selected for its “outstanding reporting” on the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline controversy and “regularly engaging readers with compelling and approachable stories about a controversial pipeline that at any point in time could rupture and create an environmental and economic disaster.”
“In this most challenging of years, it is particularly important to honor those among us who overcome all obstacles and stand out in protecting our Great Lakes environment,” said Gail Philbin, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter director. “They are Michigan heroes and we are grateful for what they do day in and day out to ensure our state is a better place.”
The Advance‘s environmental coverage is led by reporter Laina G. Stebbins.
“My colleagues and I are honored and grateful to receive this award. To be able to report so thoroughly on such an important environmental issue has been the highlight of my career at the Advance so far,” Stebbins said. “I’d like to thank everyone who has made our Line 5 stories possible.”
The nonprofit Michigan Advance, which is part of the States Newsroom network, began publishing in December 2018. In March, the Michigan Press Association honored the Advance with 19 awards.
“Environmental coverage has been one of our top priorities at the Advance and we are thrilled to receive this honor from the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter,” said Editor Susan J. Demas. “Since joining our staff last year, Laina has taken our Line 5 coverage to a new level, writing about impacts for tribes, the economy and the election in Michigan and across the country.”
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson also was named Sierra Club’s 2020 Environmentalist of the Year in Michigan “for her extraordinary work in safeguarding democracy during this year’s historic elections.”