Water Desk supports journalists covering Colorado River

The Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Ted Wood/The Water Desk.

The Water Desk is excited to announce the recipients of new grants to support water journalism connected to the Colorado River Basin.

The grantees will be reporting on a range of critical water issues facing the region, including climate change, drought, pollution, growth, biodiversity, agriculture and energy. Many of the journalists will be exploring equity issues in the water sector.

The 11 awards, up to $10,000 each, are being funded thanks to the support of the Walton Family Foundation. A total of $83,129 has been approved in this round of grantmaking.

The recipients of The Water Desk’s 2021 grants (in alphabetical order):

MacKenzie Elmer and Adriana Heldiz, Voice of San Diego

Sam Fromartz and Stephen Robert Miller, Food & Environment Reporting Network

Paul Ingram, Bennito L. Kelty and Dylan Smith, TucsonSentinel.com

Tasmiha Khan, independent journalist

Stephanie Maltarich, independent journalist

Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones

Shannon Mullane, independent journalist

Victor Renné Rodriguez, independent journalist

Luke Runyon, KUNC

Julia Simon, independent journalist

Nicola Twilley and Cynthia Graber, Gastropod Podcast

The Water Desk maintains strict editorial independence from its funders and the University of Colorado. Funders of The Water Desk have no right to review or to otherwise influence stories or other journalistic content that is produced with the support of these grants. For more about our editorial independence, please see our funding page.

Congratulations and best of luck to our grantees. We look forward to seeing the water journalism they produce!

The Water Desk’s mission is to increase the volume, depth and power of journalism connected to Western water issues. We’re an initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Water Desk launched in April 2019 with support from the Walton Family Foundation. We maintain a strict editorial firewall between our funders and our journalism.

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