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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506

Contact: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Phone: 337-266-8655
Fax: 337-266-8541
For Release: October 26, 2000

Award-winning Environmental Reporter To Speak at USGS Science and the Media Seminar

Lafayette, La. - Baton Rouge environmental reporter Mike Dunne will speak at the fourth annual "Science and the Media" seminar, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the center's headquarters, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette.

Dunne, a newsman for a quarter of a century, is the environmental reporter for The Advocate in Baton Rouge. His 1999 series on Louisianas land loss and efforts to reverse it, "Coast in Peril," won the Scripps-Howard Foundations Edward Meeman Award, considered the top environmental reporting award.

He also won the Meeman award in 1986 with fellow reporter Bob Anderson. Both were honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for science writing in 1987. Dunne is also a winner of numerous state, regional and national awards for reporting. The Louisiana native is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

The public is invited to attend the seminar. University and government scientists as well as journalists and journalism students are especially invited to attend this annual event to help scientists and media participants improve the communication of scientific issues.

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