Today, The Nature Conservancy presented John Hollenhorst, Senior Correspondent for KSL Television, with its 2012 Utah Conservation Partner Award. Given annually to a conservation leader who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preserving Utah’s natural environment, the Conservancy’s award is an acknowledgment of Hollenhorst’s long-standing, quality coverage of the state’s environmental issues.
“John has brought insight, passion and journalistic excellence to television news in Utah and a special commitment to covering land use and conservation issues critical to the future of our state,” says Dave Livermore, The Nature Conservancy’s Utah State Director. “His tireless coverage has helped Utahns understand the importance of the environment to their everyday lives, and it is our pleasure to honor him with this award.”
Hollenhorst, who joined KSL in 1975, covered a variety of Utah beats over the course of his esteemed career. Yet a passion for history, science and Utah scenery made him – more often than not – KSL’s go-to reporter for environmental news, with stories on hot topics ranging from land use and species preservation to drought, water management, and pollution and development. In the award presentation, the Conservancy sited specific examples of Hollenhorst’s exceptional coverage on conservation stories such as the Strawberry River, Dugout Ranch, Virgin River Headwaters and the Great Salt Lake. Set to retire at the end of 2012, Hollenhorst, “will leave a legacy of bringing Utah’s most pressing environmental issues into sharp focus, sparking both public dialogue and change,” says Livermore.
“I am deeply honored by this award, especially because I have such high respect for The Nature Conservancy,” said Hollenhorst. “I've always thought of The Nature Conservancy as a quiet but highly effective presence in the national dialogue about preserving our natural assets. Instead of battling it out in the political arena, which would inevitably put it on one side of a deeply divided electorate, the Conservancy seeks to find common ground that is supported by almost everyone. In doing so, the Conservancy has accomplished great things that future generations are sure to appreciate. I'm glad I've had a chance to help tell that story.”
The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Partnership Award will add to Hollenhorst’s abundant accolades, including The National Headliners Award and Utah’s "Best TV Reporter" three years in a row, as determined by The Society of Professional Journalists.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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