GRIFFITH | The Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League awarded the Russell Sinclair News Media Award to Times Staff Writer Lauri Harvey Keagle at a ceremony Saturday.
The award, which is given to print or electronic journalists, is for excellence in environmental journalism.
The award was presented to Harvey Keagle at the organization's annual convention at the Griffith chapter headquarters at 1532 E. Main St.
Harvey Keagle was nominated by Northwest Indiana environmental activist Charlotte Read, of the Save the Dunes Council and also a member of the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.
Read, who also attended Saturday's award banquet, said Harvey Keagle's stories of issues with fly ash in The Pines community, an area along the county line divide between Porter and LaPorte counties near Lake Michigan, inspired her to nominate Keagle for the honor.
Charlotte and her husband Herb founded the Porter County chapter of the Izaac Walton League in 1958. Their Porter County chapter, which has 40 members, won the Indiana Chapter of the Year honor at Saturday's dinner.
Harvey Keagle, a native of Park Forest, Ill., is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. She has covered environmental issues in the region for most of her 20 years as a journalist.
Harvey Keagle's work has been recognized by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Headline Club, Hoosier State Press Association, Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors, American Water Works Association, IDEM's Partners for Clean Air program, the Robert S. Howard Award of Excellence, the Michigan State University environmental journalism fellowship program and the Lansing Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Harvey Keagle and her husband, Kurt, an attorney, live in Winfield with their 6-year-old son, Jack.