Andrew Weegar Memorial Award
Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources
Andrew Weegar was an extraordinary and unique environmental journalist who was taken from the world too soon. A true renaissance man, he was an accomplished naturalist, fisherman, hunter, farmer, furniture-builder, and a dedicated newspaper reporter. Following graduate studies in Divinity at Harvard University, he chose to return home to his native Maine to found a handcrafted canoe company. He also pursued a robust career in journalism covering agriculture, fisheries, and forestry issues for the Maine Times, and spent countless hours exploring the rivers, bogs, and forests around his home with his young daughter Molly and wife Abigail. He was a devoted father and husband, and he was, too briefly, an associate director of IJNR.
It is in memory of Andrew's inimitable spirit and boundless curiosity that we offer the Andrew Weegar Memorial Award. More than ten years after his untimely passing, Andrew's enthusiasm and good humor remain an integral part of the IJNR legacy, and the organization truly would not be what it is today without his influence.
Applicants for the Weegar Award should propose a reporting project that resonates with one or more of Andrew's passions: conservation, traditional agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The winning proposal will promise top-quality immersive storytelling and high-spirited adventures of all kinds. Proposals may be for up to $1,000. Journalists who apply for but don't receive the Andrew Weegar Award will also be considered for Frank Allen Field Reporting Awards.