Watch the 2021 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards

The 2021 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards special provides a global snapshot of the climate emergency as told through the exemplary work of the world’s best climate journalists. The winning journalists are joined by the founders of Covering Climate Now and members of the distinguished judging jury to illuminate the defining story of our time through the compelling and creative journalism these awards honor.

The awards video special is hosted by Al Roker, NBC News’ Today show weather and feature anchor and co-host of the 3rd Hour of Today, and Savannah Sellers, correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, co-anchor of NBC News NOW and co-host of NBC News’ Stay Tuned program. Special guests Vanessa Nakate, a climate justice activist from Uganda, and Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, underscore the essential role of journalists at this moment that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has termed a “code red for humanity.” 

Covering Climate Now was co-founded by CJR and The Nation magazine in 2019, forming a consortium that now has over 450 members all working to nurture more and better climate journalism. The award-winning print reporters, photojournalists, digital, television and radio journalists, podcasters and commentators honored at the first annual Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards were selected from a field of nearly 600 entries submitted from every continent except Antarctica. These journalists are leading the way with eye-opening first-hand accounts of a planet in crisis, inspiring stories of survival and resilience, and hard-hitting investigative reports that hold power to account. You can check out the finalists and their work at Covering Climate Now. 

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The Editors are the staffers of the Columbia Journalism Review.