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This #GivingTuesday, Help Us Celebrate Our Successes

Our reporting racked up the honors this year—and your support made it possible. You can double your donation impact with NewsMatch.

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As a small team, we work incredibly hard, and we are always honored to be recognized for the quality of our reporting. We have a lot to celebrate this year: In 2023, Civil Eats was awarded and/or named a finalist for more than a dozen awards and accolades, which we share below.

It’s always nice to dust off our early successes, including being named Publication of the Year in 2014 by the James Beard Foundation and our induction into the Library of Congress in 2019. We also won the International Association of Culinary Professionals  (IACP) Digital Media Award for Best Group Food Blog in 2020, and a 2022 IACP Award for best newsletter for our members-only monthly column, The Deep Dish. But this year, judges recognized the quality of our work like never before.

This work can’t survive without your support. If you value our critical, award-winning reporting, please donate to Civil Eats on Giving Tuesday.

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Your donation will go twice as far, as Civil Eats is once again participating in NewsMatch, a national call to action to support journalism that strengthens democracy from the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN). Through December 31, 2023, NewsMatch will double every individual donation up to $1,000 (including memberships).

We don’t just ask the hard questions, we also report on the positive changes being made in the American food system. Our core mission has remained the same over the last 14 years: We aim to tell the stories behind our food with an eye toward exposing those in power and lifting up voices that would otherwise go unheard. With your support, Civil Eats can dig deeper, grow its audience, and continue this vital work. From all of us at Civil Eats, thank you for helping us shine.

Among our most recent honors and accolades:

Civil Eats was named a finalist for general excellence in online news by the Online News Association in the 2023 Online Journalism Awards, the prestigious global prizes for digital journalism.

Associate Editor Christina Cooke, former Senior Reporter Gosia Wozniacka, and Contributor Alice Driver were awarded a James Beard Foundation Media Award for excellence in investigative reporting for our 2022 investigation series on animal agriculture workers, “Injured and Invisible.” Here is a short video clip of Cooke and Driver accepting the award on behalf of the team. Driver and Civil Eats were featured in this piece in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooke and Senior Staff Reporter Lisa Held both also won OEMME Awards: Cooke for the first article in our “Injured and Invisible” investigative series, and Held for an article on why OSHA and the EPA are not enforcing standards to protect farmworkers from pesticides.

Former Staff Reporter Anne Marshall-Chalmers and Staff Reporter Grey Moran won Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Their stories on climate crisis solutions, including a surge in drought-resistant agave farming, flooding fields after heavy rains for groundwater restoration, and planting hedgerows for carbon sequestration and other environmental benefits, were named best environment reporting. Marshall-Chalmers also won a 2023 International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Awards Finalist for her agave reporting, which we produced in partnership with Edible Communities.

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Civil Eats was named a finalist for the Insight Award for Visual Journalism by the Institute for Nonprofit News Awards 2023 for “Civil Eats TV: Women Brewing Change at Sequoia Sake.”

Former Senior Reporter Kalen Goodluck won second place in the 2023 Native American Journalists Association’s National Native Media Awards for his story, “This Pilot Program Is Supporting Tribal Food Sovereignty with Federal Dollars.”

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Reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio won second place in the National Association of Agricultural Journalists’ (NAAJ) 2023 Writing Contest for his profile of the Indigenous-led nonprofit Wild Bearies. Pietrorazio also won third place in the group’s 2023 Next Gen Young Writers award for his reporting for for the site, and Staff Reporter Grey Moran also won an honorable mention for their reporting for Civil Eats, with the judges noting, “This writer provides a strong voice to those who might be considered non-mainstream agriculturalists.” Held won an honorable mention from NAAJ in the news category for her investigation on frac sand mining for, “providing useful details on the issue and going beyond the familiar narrative.”

Reporter Jennifer Oldham’s “As Drought Hits Farms, Investors Lay Claim to Colorado Water” won first prize in the business category of the 2023 the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Writing Awards. The judges noted: “This story is a captivating tale about the collision of water rights, economic growth and rapid population growth. The author provides extensive information about the owners of water distribution companies and the conflicts between farmers and non-rural users of water. As water resources become scarcer, this story sheds much-needed light on a topic that profoundly affects our lives and the lives of generations to come.”

Alice Driver’s “Tyson Says Its Nurses Help Workers. Critics Charge They Stymie OSHA.” received an honorable mention for the 2023 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism from ASJA. The judges noted: “We felt this story also showed extensive reporting and interviewing, which was well incorporated into a story along with statistics and an exploration of federal standards and rules. The story did an excellent job of portraying what has been found in federal investigations. It was a tremendous enterprise story.”

Senior Reporter Wesley Brown’s story, “Black Farmers in Arkansas Still Seek Justice a Century After the Elaine Massacre,” was selected for inclusion in Best American Food Writing 2023, guest edited by Mark Bittman.

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Earlier in the year, Staff Reporter Grey Moran reported on voter suppression and retaliation within the second largest farmworker union, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. The union reached an agreement with the DOL and will be conducting a new, supervised election by September 2024.

The Center for Health Journalism awarded contributor Virginia Gewin a reporting grant for a story for us on how toxic dust from the Salton Sea affects the health of migrant farmworker families in the Imperial and Coachella valleys. Her reporting was named “Story of the Week” by the Institute for Nonprofit News, and the Center republished the reporting.

We are so grateful to be recognized for our unique, high-impact reporting. We can’t do this work without your support, so please consider donating, becoming a member, or giving a gift membership today. From all of us at Civil Eats, thank you for supporting our work.

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Since 2009, the Civil Eats editorial team has published award-winning and groundbreaking news and commentary about the American food system, and worked to make complicated, underreported stories—on climate change, the environment, social justice, animal welfare, policy, health, nutrition, and the farm bill— more accessible to a mainstream audience. Read more >

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