FEMA reservist wins Pulitzer Prize

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Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne shaking hands with Dave Hasemyer

Forest Hills, NY, April 15, 2013 -- Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne congratulates Specialist Dave Hasemyer after it was announced that he had won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Photo by Ashley Andujar/FEMA


FEMA External Affairs, DR-4085-NY

FEMA reservist Dave Hasemyer, deployed to Hurricane Sandy New York, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, American journalism’s highest award, on Monday for national reporting in 2012.

Hasemyer, a strategy and messaging specialist in External Affairs, won the award with two colleagues at InsideClimate News, an environmental reporting website, for articles that resulted from a seven-month investigation into the million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. The three-part series, “The Dilbit Disaster:  Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of,” was published in June 2012 and the investigation then broadened into an examination of national pipeline safety issues.

“This is the pinnacle of my career as a journalist,” Hasemyer said. He was working in External Affairs when the Pulitzer Prizes were announced, and his colleagues erupted in applause. Federal Coordinating Officer Michael F. Byrne came to External Affairs to congratulate Hasemyer.

Hasemyer has been a reservist for FEMA since 2009 after a 30-year career with the San Diego Union-Tribune as an investigative reporter.  His deployment to New York for Hurricane Sandy is his seventh assignment for FEMA.

You can read the winning articles at http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2013-National-Reporting.

Last Updated: 
04/18/2013 - 14:46