Frank Sargeant of Union Grove, Alabama, who began his career in outdoors writing with a column for The Athens Messenger in the 1960’s, has won the writing category in the OWAA/Climate Hawks Climate Change Media Challenge with a three-part series, “A No Nonsense Look at Climate Change,” which appeared in The Fishing Wire, a daily online publication of which he’s editor.

The contest, with $25,000 in prizes, was designed to recognize and reward media members who shared an accurate, compelling message on climate change effects and solutions in the Southeastern U.S., according to Conservation Hawks President Todd Tanner. Sargeant received a check for $5,000 for his efforts.

Sargeant has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Ohio University, and wrote for the Messenger to help pay his way through college. He was also editor of Sphere, the OU student literary magazine, during his years in Athens. He was the outdoors editor of the Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, for 25 years.

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