Fresno Bee environmental reporter Mark Grossi has been recognized with the Environmental Service Award by the Tehipite chapter of the Sierra Club for his work educating the community with in-depth reporting over many years.
The Sierra Club presents the award for contributions to raise environmental awareness and contribute to resource protection.
"I'm honored with the Sierra Club's recognition," Grossi said. "I'm also very thankful for the opportunity to cover the environment for The Bee."
Grossi is a 27-year veteran of The Bee, both as a reporter and an editor. He has been environment reporter since 1993. Among the myriad topics he has covered, Grossi has written about the San Joaquin River restoration, the high Sierra and the San Joaquin Valley's notorious air quality.
Last year, he wrote a 10-part series called "Living in a Toxic Land" about the risks of living in the Valley. The series broke the news about the state Environmental Protection Agency naming west Fresno the riskiest place to live in California.
On Thursday, the "Toxic Land" series was named a finalist for environmental reporting in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. The series will either be first or second in that category; final results will be announced at the annual CNPA luncheon later this year.
Previously, Grossi was recognized with two Meade Prizes for air quality coverage, Investigative Reporters and Editors for Outstanding Reporting and California Newspaper Publishers for six environmental reporting awards.
He also won a science writing fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spending the academic year of 1996-97 at MIT