Veteran Edmonton Journal science journalist and National Magazine Award-winning writer Ed Struzik has been named the winner of the 2012 Yves. O Fortier Award for Earth Science Journalism by the Geological Association of Canada.
This the fourth time Ed has won the Fortier award, which includes a $1000 cash prize. His winning entry this year — “Solving Mammoth Mysteries” — followed University of Alberta paleontologists investigating the beasts’ unique ecosystem in the prehistoric Canadian Arctic.
Struzik told the Journal:
“It’s especially gratifying to receive an award from the professional association that represents the scientists I often write about. Scientists have a high standard for accuracy and a disdain for journalists who don’t understand complexity. This tells me that my desire to entertain and inform readers is not compromising those standards.”
Ed Struzik won a National Magazine Award in 1993 for Sports & Recreation, having written a piece called “Nanook Passage” for Equinox. He’s also twice been a finalist for other NMAs. No stranger to Arctic climes and their course of history, Ed is the author of three books of non-fiction about Canada’s far north.
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