By Associated Press - Thursday, October 4, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia newspaper reporter has been awarded a prestigious grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Ken Ward Jr., an award-winning reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail and formerly the Charleston Gazette, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. The $625,000 award is commonly known as the “genius grant.”

The foundation says Ward was picked because he excels at “revealing the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia and spurring greater accountability among public and private stakeholders.”

The Gazette-Mail reports the 50-year-old Ward was the only journalist in the group of 25 fellows that includes scientists, artists, authors, scholars and advocates.

People can’t apply for the fellowship, and the selection process is extremely secretive; Ward still doesn’t know who nominated him.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,

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