CEHN 20th Anniversary Gala and Award Event

Washington, DC

CEHN 20th Anniversary
Child Health Advocate Honorees

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson**

Environmental Protection Agency

Meg Kissinger and Susanne Rust

Award Winning Journalists
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Christina & Eric Bear

Winners, 2012 Youth Advocate Award

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

Since being named President Obama’s cabinet member in charge of environmental protection, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has been named one of Newsweek’s “Most Important People in 2010,” featured on Time Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”, listed in Essence Magazine’s “40 Women Who Have Influenced the World,” and profiled in O Magazine for her work to protect our nation’s air, water and land from pollution that threatens human health.

Jackson leads EPA’s efforts to protect the health and environment for all Americans. She and a staff of more than 18,000 professionals are working across the nation to usher in a green economy, address health threats from pollution in our air, water and land, and renew the public’s trust in EPA’s work.

**Please note that Lisa P. Jackson will attend the Gala dinner, but will be unable to attend the cocktail reception.

In summer 2007, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel launched a series of investigative reports title, “Chemical Fallout”.  The investigation focused on the chemical compound bisphenol A (BPA).  Investigative journalists, Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger worked to determine for themselves whether BPA was safe or not. The reporters had to assess how to identify relevant scientific research, how to assess its credibility and findings, and how to summarize their own conclusions in ways that were not alarmist and sensational.   Their work led to greater focus on child exposure to this chemical as well as the methods used to promote the chemical’s use in household products, and inadequacy of federal regulations.

Meg Kissinger is the investigative reporter for health and welfare at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She and colleague Susanne Rust, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism in 2009 for their work reporting on “Chemical Fallout”, which exposed the failures of the federal government to regulate toxic chemicals in household products. Those stories won a Polk Award, two National Journalism Awards, a certificate of special merit from the Grantham Awards and honors from Sigma Delta Chi and the Society of American Business Writers and Editors.

 Ms. Kissinger’s work on flaws in the nation’s mental health system was selected as the winner of the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel for excellence in journalism.

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.


Christina Bear, 14, and Eric Bear, 12, of Golden, Colorado started a Radon Awareness Project (RAP) in 2010 to educate the citizens of Colorado on the dangers of radon gas. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from uranium decay in soil. Colorado has unusually high levels of radon. Marching from city councils to county health departments and all the way to the State Capitol, the children helped promote public policy to increase radon awareness. In 2011, they were honored by the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, President’s Environmental Youth Award, and the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. They developed a website, a rap song, appeared in local newspapers, Time for Kids publication, and the local television news. Their message is that kids are the future of the world. They have the right to clean air and becoming advocates can make our world a safer place to live in.


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