The Sharon Begley Fund
The Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award
Sharon Begley (1956-2021) was a science journalist of unflinching dedication, skill, moral clarity, and commitment to mentoring. Over more than four decades, her coverage of science for national news outlets was renowned for its authoritative insight and depth, accuracy, scientific rigor, lyrical prose, and myth-busting impact.
The Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award will provide lasting recognition of this remarkable journalist. And at a time when accurate, incisive, responsible science journalism is more essential than ever, this significant award will provide urgently needed recognition and support for reporting that embodies the high standards that Sharon epitomized.
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing will bestow the Sharon Begley Award in the form of a grant of at least $20,000 to enable a mid-career science journalist to complete a major reporting project they would otherwise be unable to undertake. We aim to create a new and significant award that will inspire and support high standards of excellence in coverage of science, technology, medicine, and the environment.
Funding the Sharon Begley Award
The award is established and funded through the efforts and personal generosity of Edward (Ned) Groth, Sharon’s husband, and other donors, with the support and assistance of CASW’s board and staff. Groth is a scientist, author, and food safety and environmental health consultant who was the longtime director of public service projects for Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Our goal is to create a $1 million dedicated fund, sufficient to support the annual cash grant, ceremony, program administration, and an annual submission and judging process.
More than $700,000 had been raised when the award was announced on September 29, 2021. CASW extends special thanks to Ned Groth, founder; the CASW board members and presidents; and other early endorsers and volunteers who together were responsible for the successful private launch of the campaign.
CASW is deeply grateful to all who have generously contributed to the Sharon Begley Fund.
|Alan Alda||Edward Groth III||Charles Plohn|
|Patricia Chambers Balas||Johnson M. Hart||Lynn Povich|
|The Beaty Family Fund|
of the Greater Washington
|Thomas and Erika Hayden||Aric J Press|
|Emily Benedek||Denis Hayes||Sheldon Rampton|
|Willard Bunn||Jonathan S. Holman||Rosalind Reid|
|Arthur Caplan||Bruce and Georgia Johnson||Robina Riccitiello|
|John Carey||Andrew Joseph||Joann Rodgers|
|George Church||Claudia Kalb |
and Steve Sternberg
|Nancy Cooper||Barbara Kantrowitz||Joel Rosner|
|Donald and Becky Custis||David Kaplan||Dr. Bart Rossi|
|Peter Deri||Bert Kerstetter||Sylvia Rowe|
|Eric Dezenhall||Kenneth and Ruth Krosin||Rick Sax|
|David Dollenmayer |
and Linda Pape
|Ron Landeck||Paul Segal|
|Jennifer Doudna |
and Jamie Cate
|Alfred Lewis and Mary Troxell||Daniel Shapiro|
|William Ducas||David Liu||Carl Sharpe|
|John Edie||Amy Dockser Marcus||Ben Sommers|
|Paul and Anne Ehrlich||Kathryn Markel||Mark Starr|
|Steve Feiertag||Owen and Eileen Mathieu||Rich Stone|
|Ann Finkbeiner||Ann McDaniel||Steve Suppan|
|Jeffrey Fox||John I. Merritt||Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tooke|
|Susan Fraker||Sandra Morris||Mr. and Mrs. M. Jay Trees Fund|
|Dan Franklin||Jon and Liane Morse||Meredith and Henry Von Kohorn|
|Ken Franklin||Mary and Sherif Nada||Claudia Wallis|
|Bruce and Barbara Furie||Ian Nisbet||Ron Winslow|
|Elissa Greenwald||Lynn and William Osborn||Anonymous donors|
|Daniel Gross||James Parmentier||The CASW Board of Directors|
|Bob Grossfeld||Frank Phillips|