A Washington DC-based journalist Banerjee, before joining Inside Climate News, was an energy and environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau. She covered global energy, the Iraq War and other issues with The New York Times.
A Washington DC-based journalist Banerjee, before joining Inside Climate News, was energy and environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau. She covered global energy, the Iraq War and other issues with The New York Times. A graduate of Yale University, she also served as a Moscow correspondent with The Wall Street Journal.
The award was shared by Terrence McCoy of the Washington Post, who explored the issue of lead poisoning among poor black children in Baltimore after Freddie Gray died in custody in a high-profile case of alleged police abuse. “As early as 1977, scientists at energy and oil giant Exxon Corporation told top executives that fossil fuel emissions were warming the planet. Over time, however, Exxon became a leader in denying climate change and argued that the science was inclusive,” the judges wrote. “Reporters Neela Banerjee, John Cushman, Jr David Hasemyer and Lisa Song of Inside Climate News, used documents, interviews and the public record from four decades to reveal a deeply disturbing trail from climate change discovery to denial,” it said. “The story prompted the New York Attorney General to issue a subpoena to force Exxon to disclose records in order to determine if it committed fraud under state law,” the judges said.
Misha Euceph, a Pakistani radio journalist from Rawalpindi was among the 18 budding journalists selected for WHCA annual scholarship. She was also felicitated by the US President and the First Lady. Euceph, is the recipient of a USD 5,000 grant through the WHCA to help finance a post-graduate degree for a student in the Government and Public Affairs reporting track.
Among the judges for journalism awards included Indian American Indira Somani, an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the School of Communications, Howard University in Washington, DC where she teaches broadcast journalism courses.
“Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra also attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. A brief chat with President Obama left her starstruck.Chopra donned a Zuhair Murad gown. The floor-length number featured a plunging neckline, ruffles, and sheer panel. The actress kept her hair simple with a centre part. Her makeup was soft and it complemented her entire look.
The “Baywatch” villain took to Instagram to share her moment with the Obama and alluded to girls education in the post. It referred to Michelle Obama’s initiative called “Let Girls Learn” which empowers millions of girls globally to get an education. The initiative was launched last year and it funds leadership programs, school bathrooms,and educating in conflict zones among others.