More honors for Telvock, Investigative Post

The environmental reporting of Dan Telvock has been cited for excellence in two national journalism contests.

His reporting that documented the disparity in Buffalo’s testing program for lead in drinking water won first place for interactive news by the National Association of Black Journalists. One of the chief findings of his report was that the testing did not target minority neighborhoods where the lead poisoning problem is concentrated. Instead, the city tested more often in predominantly white neighborhoods that report few, if any, lead poisoning cases.

The other finalists were entries from Bloomberg News and The Chicago Reader. Winners in other categories included CNN, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Telvock’s environmental beat reporting placed third in the nation among small markets in a contest sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Dan Telvock

“Dan Telvock combines street-level reporting, aggressive mining of public records and interactive web builds to produce impressive and effective public service journalism,” contest judges said. “His stories on lax testing of water supplies, legacy radioactive waste and lead contamination inspired outrage and change, and that’s a rewarding outcome.”

Telvock’s reporting is underwritten in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Telvock joined Investigative Post in 2012 after working for 13 years as a radio, newspaper and online reporter in Virginia. He is a native of the Finger Lakes and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia. He is perhaps best known in the Buffalo market for his award winning coverage of the badly polluted Scajaquada Creek.  Investigative Post readers have voted Telvock’s work the top story of the year for the past four  years.

This is the latest in a string of honors garnered by Investigative Post. In July, Spree, the city magazine of Buffalo, selected Investigative Post’s reporters as the best print journalists in Western New York. The magazine praised Investigative Post for its “intensively researched stories on vital topics.”

Investigative Post is a nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Buffalo. Its partners include WGRZ (NBC), WBFO and The Capitol Pressroom (both NPR) and The Public. Selected stories are distributed though several other outlets, including the Niagara Gazette and Albany Times Union.