Water Desk supports journalists covering the Colorado River Basin

The Colorado River in Marble Canyon in northern Arizona. 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, pollution, growth, biodiversity, agriculture, energy and water rights. Many of the journalists will be exploring equity issues in the water sector.

The 17 awards, up to $10,000 each, are being funded thanks to the support of the Walton Family Foundation. A total of $90,969 has been approved in this round of grantmaking.

The recipients of The Water Desk’s 2022 Colorado River grants (in alphabetical order):

Jake Bittle, Grist

Christi Bode, independent

Grant Burningham, Leia Larsen, Zak Podmore, Brian Maffly, Bethany Baker, Christopher Cherrington and Rick Egan at The Salt Lake Tribune

Angela Chen, KESQ-TV, Palm Springs, Calif.

Delaney Dryfoos, Inside Climate News

MacKenzie Elmer, Voice of San Diego

Jordan Gass-Poore’, independent

Jillian Kestler-D’Amours and Megan O’Toole at Al Jazeera English

Irene McKisson, Dianna M. Náñez, Becky Pallack and John Washington at Arizona Luminaria

Lourdes Medrano, independent

Jane Palmer, independent

Laura Paskus, New Mexico PBS

Fletcher Reveley, independent

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Julia Simon, National Public Radio

Morgan Sjogren, Sierra Magazine

Jerd Smith, Fresh Water News

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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