Ken Ward Jr. is a reporter for The Charleston Gazette, West Virginia's largest newspaper. Last year, he was named a MacArthur Fellow for "revealing the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia and spurring greater accountability among public and private stakeholders."
A native of Mineral County, West Virginia, Ward has received numerous awards for his coverage of mining, pulp mills, logging, and medical waste incinerators. He is a three-time winner of the Scripps Howard Foundation's Edward Jr. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting and in 2000 received the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Ward runs the Gazette's Coal Tattoo blog, which covers local and national debates over the coal industry.
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