September 30, 2005
Two journalists from The Boston Globe
and a radio host/producer for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will
receive the 2005 Ocean Science Journalism Award from the Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for excellence in communicating
ocean science to the public.
Beth Daley and Gareth Cook of The Boston Globe
are being recognized for their four-part newspaper series “Sea Change:
The New England Fishing Crisis” about the New England fishing industry.
Paul Kennedy, host/producer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
(CBC) Radio One program “Ideas,” was recognized for his eight-part
series “Learning from the Oceans.”
The WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Award is given every other year in two categories,
print and broadcast, and includes a cash prize and award. It will
be presented October 13 in Woods Hole during the Institution’s fall
meetings of the Board of Trustees and Corporation.
Beth Daley was born in New York and attended Northeastern
University, graduating in 1989. After working for three years as a reporter at the Daily
News in Newburyport, Massachusetts, she spent a year teaching English and traveling
throughout Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. She joined the Globe
staff in 1995, writing features for the North Weekly section, and
became the education reporter in September 1997. Daley has been
covering the environment for the paper since August 2000, focusing her
reporting on marine issues, forestry and a wide range of environmental
policies not only in New England but throughout the country.
After 9/11 she covered Ground Zero in New York City, the anthrax cases
in Florida and the war in Pakistan and Afghanistan before returning to
the environment beat in early 2002. In addition to the environment,
Daley also covers space, including the Mars rover landings and the
recent Space Shuttle mission.
Gareth Cook was graduated in 1991 from Brown University with two
bachelor’s degrees, one in international relations and the other in
mathematical physics. After passing the Foreign Service exams, he
decided to pursue a career in journalism and served as an assistant
editor at Foreign Policy magazine until 1993. The following year he covered mainly national politics as a reporter at U.S. News & World Report, moving in 1995 to work as an editor at the Washington Monthly. He left Washington in 1996 to serve as news editor of the Boston Phoenix, where he recruited a new staff and won several regional press awards.
In 1999 Cook joined The Boston Globe‘s
city desk, serving first as the New England editor and later as
Sunday Metro Editor, responsible for editing local and regional
stories for the Sunday newspaper. In 2000 he moved to
the Health/Science section, where he remains. Cook won the 2005
Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for his coverage of the
scientific and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.
Paul Kennedy, a native Canadian, is a veteran broadcaster well known to CBC Radio
listeners. He received a B.A. degree in history from
Queen’s University, a master of literature degree in history from the
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has pursued postgraduate work at
the University of Toronto, where he studied with media analyst Marshall
McLuhan. Kennedy has produced and presented more than 200
documentaries for “Ideas” over the past 25 years. In 1999 he was named
Host/Producer of the long-running radio series.
Kennedy researched and wrote his first documentary, “The Fur Trade
Revisited”, for an “Ideas” series entitled “Red Man, White World”, in
1977. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of topics,
including war crimes, Luddism, marathon running, salt, golf, the
four-minute mile, Jerusalem, democracy in America, and single malt
scotch whisky. His favorite project in 2005 was an hour-long
investigation of “Oysters”. Among his many honors is a Peabody
Award in 1989 for “Lost Innocence: The Children of World War II” which
also won several NYC Festival awards and an ACTRA award, given to the
best writer of a radio program in Canada.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Award
was established to recognize an outstanding record of achievement in
communicating ocean science to the public. It is intended to honor work
that has made a significant and lasting contribution to public
awareness of, interest in, and understanding of issues and advances in
the ocean sciences and its impact on society as a whole. The award is
judged by a panel of journalists from around the country representing print,
broadcast and electronic media.
The cash prize and award in print and broadcast categories was first
presented in the fall of 2003. Alastair Fothergill,
Director of Development for the Natural History Unit of the British
Broadcasting Corporation, was honored in the broadcast category for his
work on the television series “Blue Planet: Seas of Life”. Robert
Kunzig, a freelance correspondent for Discover, U.S. News & World Report and other magazines, was honored in the print category for his book Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science.”