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Susanne Rust

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Environment Reporter


Susanne Rust is an investigative reporter for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting focused on the environment. Before joining California Watch, Susanne held a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. She began her journalism career in 2003 at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In her last three years at the Journal Sentinel, she focused much of her reporting on dangerous chemicals and lax regulations, working with colleagues Meg Kissinger and Cary Spivak. The series “Chemical Fallout” won numerous national awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award, George Polk Award, and two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards in 2009 and 2010. The series also won the John B. Oakes Award for environmental reporting. Susanne and Meg were finalists in 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. She also shared a National Headliner Award in 2010 for a series on conflicts of interest involving doctors and research at the University of Wisconsin.

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My priorities

There's a wide range of important environmental issues facing Californians. I'll be looking closely at water quality, dangerous chemicals, lax regulatory practices, corporate polluters and lots more.

Recent Spotlight Articles

Who Owns the Fish?
Any commercial fisherman used to be able to fish in U.S. seas. Not anymore. Today, the right to fish belongs to companies and private individuals under a system called "catch shares."
System turns US fishing rights into commodity, squeezes small fishermen
Sweeping across the globe is a system that slowly and steadily hands over a $400 billion ocean fishing industry to corporations.
Plastics industry edited environmental textbook
Under pressure from a lobbying group, schools officials edited environmental curriculum to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags, interviews and documents show.
Documents: How industry group shaped environmental lessons
A new environmental curriculum for California public school students was edited to include a section titled “The Advantages of Plastic Shopping Bags,” in response to complaints from the American Chemistry Council. Some of the language in the section was taken almost verbatim from letters written by the chemistry council.
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