High Country News Report on Pronghorn Migration Wins 2012 Knight-Risser Prize

Photograph by Joe Riis

Judges have awarded the 2012 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism to "Perilous Passages," a High Country News report by Emilene Ostlind, photographer and biologist Joe Riis, and contributors Mary Ellen Hannibal and Cally Carswell. Including graphics, maps, video, and striking nature photography, the report gives readers a first-hand view of the pronghorns' journey along a 120-mile route through Wyoming that is studded with obstacles, from roads and fences to the region's booming natural gas fields.

The contest also awarded a special citation to the Seattle Times for its report on the Elwha Dam removal on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the largest such project in North American history.

The $5,000 prize, which is jointly awarded by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford, will be presented at a Knight-Risser Prize Symposium on environmental journalism, to be held in 2013.