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Richard J Margolis Award

About Richard J. Margolis

Career Highlights

selected articles

Selected New Leader Columns

Reports & Monographs

Op-Ed Pieces & Book Reviews

 

Past Winners

2016
David Denver Robinson

 

2015
Daniel Hernandez

 

2014
Blaire Briody

 

2013
Patrick Arden

 

2012
Inara Verzemnieks

 

2011
Sabine Heinlein

 

2010
Doug Hunt

 

2009
Joe Wilkins

 

2008
Gabriel Thompson

 

2007
Stephanie Griest

 

2006
Marie myung-ok lee

 

2005
Kisha Lewellyn

 

2004
Nelson smith

 

2003
John Bowe

 

2002
Iyesatta Massaquoi

 

2001
Otis Haschemeyer

 

2000
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

1999
Susan Parker

 

1998
Laura Distelheim

 

1997
Julie Lasky

 

1996
E.J. Graff

 

1995
Josip Novakovich

 

1994
Maggie Dubris

 

1993
Judith Levine

 

1992
Richard Manning

 

Blaire Briody

 

Blaire Briody is a writer whose work explores how environmental and economic issues affect everyday Americans, focusing on those often ignored by politicians and major media outlets. Briody's first book, The New Wild West, will be published by Macmillan/St. Martin's Press in 2016. It will detail how a once-quiet town in North Dakota suddenly became the new frontier of U.S. energy independence, weaving in stories of the families who have lived there for generations and the migrant laborers desperate to make a living. To complete the initial research, she spent two months living in a trailer park in Williston, North Dakota, to be near her subjects and document the town's struggles to adjust to the oil boom.

Briody has spent several years as a freelance journalist, writing for The New York Times, Popular Science, and Fast Company, among others, and previously worked as a reporter and editor at the national business news site, The Fiscal Times. She graduated from The University of California, Davis, with a degree in international relations.

 
"I enjoy exploring broader social issues through the stories of individuals and immersing myself in their environment,” Briody says. “With The New Wild West, I hope to give a voice to the people living in North Dakota's oil boom region and provide the reader with a deep understanding of what fracking, oil and our relationship to the land means for all of us. The Richard J. Margolis Award will be paramount in helping me complete my book, and I'm incredibly humbled and grateful to receive such a prestigious honor."