Isthmus Wins Another Genesis Award

For the second year in a row, Isthmus, the alt-weekly of Madison, Wisc. has received a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States. The award was presented last weekend in Los Angeles to the paper’s news editor, Bill Lueders, for his reporting on the issue of research involving animals.

Lueders award, as last year, was in the category “Series of newspaper articles.” Specifically recognized was his reporting on a UW-Madison primate researcher who had her research privileges revoked, a profile of another primate researcher, and an article on a UW veterinary who quit his job over his concerns regarding animal welfare.

The other nominee in this category was the Los Angeles Times, for its reporting on rhino poaching. Other print winners included National Geographic and writer Bryan Christy, for his expose on a wildlife dealer; and the Daily Mail of England, for multiple articles by Danny Penman.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. The Genesis Awards have been presented annually since 1986 in recognition of media outlets that raise public awareness of animal issues.

Lueders has been news editor of Isthmus since 1986. His new book is Watchdog: 25 Years of Muckraking and Rabblerousing (Jones Books).

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