Score One For the Environment

Enviro Journalist Wins Important National Award

In this case “One” is a high number, right on the mark, top of the heap.

Name the pile, group or achievement and Jane Kay is a winner – and deservedly so.

Known best for her ability to chronicle management and mismanagement of our Environment, she has already been honored with awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation, Sigma Delta Chi, Northern California Society of Professional Journalists, and today the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Outstanding among her peers, Jane has now been noted top Environmental reporter in this nation. Her foresight was first demonstrated in 1979 when she was honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists – an organization made up of 1,300 plus educators, journalists, and students. Until 1986, she was an environmental reporter for Arizona’s Daily Star. In 2000, she joined the San Francisco Examiner, again covering environmental issues.

The latest awards jury voted for Jane because of her “careful reporting, smart organization and clear, confident voice.” They declared that her stories “Stand out as exemplars of the very best of what environmental beat reporting can be.”

Their attention was the result of submissions of seven story examples by the San Francisco Chronicle ranging from Jane’s examination of toxic chemicals too often found in baby products to a stunning report on how weather pattern changes harm California’s butterfly population.

Last year Jane noted the 100th birthday of Edgar Wayburn, former Sierra Club president, credited with helping to save 100 million acres of open space, “ranks with John Muir in the annals of conservation history.”

Jane’s award was presented at a Stanford University ceremony where the society holds annual conferences.

Along with recognition, she was gifted with a striking trophy and $1,000.

“We’re very proud that Jane’s colleagues around the country agree with our view that she provides Chronicle readers and the San Francisco Gate users with superb coverage of environmental issues,” says Phil Bronstein, executive editor of The Chronicle. “There is no place in the country better served by having the best reporter on the environment, given the level of interest and involvement of residents here, when it comes to that topic.”

Kudos and applause now added to by

“Thank you Jane. You go, girl.”

Claudia Strasbaugh
Claudia Strasbaugh was a freelance writer who founded Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa Writer's Guild, was head writer for the weekly TV show "Kill 'EM With Comedy," plus California Bureau Chief for National Lotto World Magazine. Claudia also ran a nonprofit called Dinner On A Dollar. Sadly, Claudia passed away in 2015, but we are pleased to display her writing works.