Mark Schleifstein is the environment and hurricane reporter for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, and a leader of its new Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team.
He is the co-author of the December 2008 series, “Losing Louisiana,” explaining the role of global warming, sea level rise and subsidence on the future of the Louisiana coastline. He also was co-author of a March 2007 series “Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast,”, which won the 2008 Communications Award of the National Academy of Sciences and the 2007 and John B. Oakes Prize for Environmental Reporting from Columbia University.
He’s also co-author of the 2002 series, "Washing Away," which warned that much of New Orleans could be flooded by hurricane storm surge because levees were too low and subject to overtopping. The series won awards from the National Hurricane Conference and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Schleifstein's reporting on Katrina was among the newspaper's stories honored with 2006 Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service and Breaking News Reporting and the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting. He's also the co-author with John McQuaid of the book "Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms," about Katrina. Stories he wrote on coastal science issues were honored in 2006 with a special award from the American Geophysical Union. He also was co-author of the 1996 series, "Oceans of Trouble: Are the World's Fisheries Doomed?", which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Two other series he co-authored were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize: , "Home Wreckers: How the Formosan termite is devastating New Orleans," published in 1998, finalist for national reporting; and "Louisiana in Peril," published in 1991, finalist for explanatory journalism.
Schleifstein is a member of the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
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