April 24, 2013
From left: Yesenia Robles and Lisa Song

From left: Yesenia Robles and Lisa Song

Two Journalists Add Pulitzers to Chips Quinn Program

WASHINGTON — Lisa Song, a spring 2010 Chips Quinn Scholar, was one of three reporters for the online InsideClimate News who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize April 15, 2013, for national reporting.

The three journalists from InsideClimate News were cited "for their rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation 's oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or 'dilbit '), a controversial form of oil."

"I'm in shock, and I owe a lot to the Chips Quinn program, " Song said. "Those multimedia skills from the orientation helped me get my current job, so thank you."

Song participated in the Chips Quinn Scholars program through its partnership with High Country News in Paonia, Colo., a nonprofit independent media organization that covers important issues unique to the American West.

Song earned a master 's degree in science writing in 2009 and a bachelor 's degree in environmental science in 2008 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A talented researcher and writer, she was one of 11 journalists selected to attend a marine science seminar in July 2011 hosted by the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news was awarded to the newsroom of The Denver Post, where Yesenia Robles, a spring 2011 Chips Quinn Scholar, is a staff writer.

The Pulitzer board cited The Denver Post for its "comprehensive coverage of the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured 58, using journalistic tools, from Twitter and Facebook to video and written reports, both to capture a breaking story and provide context."

"It 's still exciting to get to work for a newspaper that has celebrated a Pulitzer Prize four years in a row now, " Robles said.

Robles arrived at The Denver Post as an intern in January 2010 and was hired full time eight months later. She earned her bachelor 's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in 2009.

Song and Robles join 11 other Chips Quinn Scholars who have been part of Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom teams.

John C. Quinn, co-founder of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program, applauded Song and Roble 's Pulitzer honors.

"Lisa and Yesenia, you make all of us associated with the Chips Quinn Scholars program proud of your great accomplishment in your budding careers. You enrich the program 's commitment to professional journalism and to personal diversity. Well done. "

The Newseum's Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students hands-on training and mentoring by caring news veterans. More than 1,300 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991. A complete list of scholars who have helped their newsrooms win a Pulitzer is included in a PDF.

The next class of the Chips Quinn Scholars program convenes May 13-19, 2013, at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

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