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Long-Time Journalist Named As Institute Scholar

April 2002

The Environment Law Institute has appointed Bud Ward to be an ELI Visiting Scholar for 2002. Most recently, Ward was Executive Director of the Environmental Health Center of the National Safety Council. At ELI, he will be in residence in the Institute’s Washington, DC headquarters and will pursue independent projects and collaborative efforts with the Institute’s staff.

In announcing the appointment, J. William Futrell, President of the Institute, said, “Bud Ward has an extraordinary depth of knowledge of environmental policy and is a true professional with a strong ethical sense. The Institute is indeed fortunate to have a journalist of his standing affiliated with it.” In the early 1980’s Ward was the founding editor of the Institute’s acclaimed policy journal, The Environmental Forum. With more than 25 years of experience in environmental, health and safety public policy and communications, Ward is a widely bylined journalist, author and frequent public speaker who is well known for an ability to address technically challenging and controversial issues with journalistic independence.

In 1988, Ward founded the nonprofit National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center to improve public understanding of environmental health risks, thus building a nationally recognized environmental communications practice with innovative domestic and international projects on four continents. In addition he is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Rhode Island and at its Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. In 1980, he founded Morris A. Ward, Inc., an independent public policy communications firm whose partnerships across government, business, and nonprofit interests extend core competencies to meet clients’ needs.

These are fascinating and challenging times for both the environmental legal community and for the environmental journalism and communications communities,” said Ward, “The breadth of ELI’s domestic and international programming offers countless opportunities for expanding not only its historical legal and policy activities, but also for addressing critical communications needs.”

For more information about ELI’s Visiting Scholar Program, please contact ELI’s Director of Communications, Kim Goldberg at 202-939-3833 or visit our website at http://www.eli.org.