Science, medicine and water reporter at San Jose Mercury News. Covers the Wow beat. On weekends, find me next to a mandolin or a horse.

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Biography

Lisa M. Krieger is a journalist for The San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, covering science and medical research news from Stanford University, the University of California, NASA-Ames, U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrence Livermore Labs and other Bay Area-based research facilities.

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Scripps Howard Award

2014 - 2014 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in American Journalism
ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING Paul Rogers and Lisa M. Krieger of the San Jose Mercury News receive the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting and $10,000 for "California's Historic Drought," enterprise reporting on the politics, science and history behind the state's disastrous dry spell. JUDGES' COMMENTS: "The San Jose Mercury News gave front page breaking news treatment to an increasingly familiar background story: vanishing water resources. At a time when many newspapers with shrinking staffs are scrambling to cover important stories, they produced first class coverage on the thirsty elephant in the room, helping Californians to understand and cope with what seems to be a never-ending drought. Marshaling its resources, the newspaper committed talented reporters, writers, photographers and artists to tell, in a compelling way, a complicated story that many of us may not want to read. The value of this 12-part series over many months was augmented by a collaborative online project at www.cadrought.com, an ongoing public service, with 39 partner news organizations across the state. They delivered a complicated story that many of us may not want to follow, but inescapably will."

2015 Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Reporting

2015 - Distinguished Environmental Reporting
2015 Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Reporting The San Jose Mercury News won the 2015 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism for its coverage of the California drought. Reporters Lisa M. Krieger and Paul Rogers will be honored for an exceptional series of 98 stories on the record-breaking California drought ranging from rich narratives, interactive maps, and videos in 2014. Finalists for the prize are InsideClimate News, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Weather Channel, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, which carries a $5,000 prize, is given annually for news reporting that makes an exceptional contribution to the public’s understanding of environmental issues. The award is named after New York Times’ editorial writer and environmental journalism pioneer John B. Oakes (1913-2001), and was founded by his family, friends, and colleagues in 1993. The Oakes Award Board writes in their citation: “Their outstanding ongoing coverage clearly shows how California depends on the snow melt providing a third of its water most years—and the frightening consequences of a popular alternative, draining the “bank account” of underground water that built up over millennia and could help the state get through future droughts. Using data reporting and videos, interviews and graphics, these stories make an important contribution to the public’s understanding of environmental issues. It’s a bleak picture, but not a hopeless one.”