Tom Henry

Tom Henry is a Michigan native who began his 30-year journalism career at The Bay City (Mich.) Times. He created The (Toledo) Blade's environment beat when he was hired by that Ohio newspaper in 1993. He has won numerous awards for his Great Lakes coverage and was elected to the Society of Environmental Journalists' national board of directors in October, 2010. He has received fellowships from SEJ, Vermont Law School, the Montana-based Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources and Ohio State University's Kiplinger Public Affairs Reporting Program. A four-day series on Great Lakes climate change he wrote in 2008, which included research in Greenland, was recognized by The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, the Knight Science Journalism Tracker and Columbia Journalism Review. Tom has contributed chapters to two books (one on Florida rivers and the other on nuclear power) and essays for scholarly magazines such as Harvard University's Nieman Reports and Michigan State University's EJ magazine.

Recent Stories

Zombies promote Great Lakes nearshore environment

A runner dodges a zombie in his path at Wolf Oak Acres, Oneida ,NY. Photo: Wolf Oak Acres, Zombie Run Facebook page

Birders, boaters, hikers, fishermen, beach lovers, and swimmers all have something in common: They draw attention to Great Lakes ecology through their activities at or near the shoreline. Now they have zombies helping them out. In what might be one of the wackiest and most unorthodox ways of getting people to reconnect with nature, early (cheaper) registration for an event billed as the Lake Eerie (not a typo, folks) Zombie Mud Run ends June 30. The race is Sept. 14 at East Sandusky Bay Erie Metropark in Sandusky, Ohio. Continue Reading →

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Assessing risk to the Great Lakes nearshore


More and more, I see a greater dependence on the imperfect science of risk assessment in emerging Great Lakes issues. Studied intensely for years at Harvard University and other leading institutions, risk assessment is something we deal with in many aspects of life even if we don’t stop to think about it. Continue Reading →

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Lake Erie a test for birds and energy


Lake Erie businesses are gearing up for The Biggest Week in American Birding, scheduled for May 3-12. What fascinates me is how quickly the issue of birding has gelled and what that could mean for the future of energy production and the environment by getting more people engaged with our natural resources. Continue Reading →

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Ahead for the new year: Federal leadership, funding shifts with Great Lakes impacts


A new EPA Administrator and a new Secretary of State are key positions that will affect the Great Lakes region.

Those appointments may say a lot about the future of climate change policy.

Combine them with post fiscal cliff funding battles and 2013 is shaping up to be yet another crossroads for federal policy regrading the Great Lakes. Continue Reading →

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