A panel of journalists recognized the Wild Hope series for in-depth science reporting

November 9, 2023 - HHMI Tangled Bank Studios’ Wild Hope series won the 2023 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award for In-Depth Reporting, which recognizes distinguished science reporting for a general audience. The award, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), was selected by independent panels of science journalists and will be delivered in February during the 2024 AAAS Annual Meeting in Denver. The Wild Hope team– Jared Lipworth, Geoff Luck, Whitney Beer-Kerr and Matt Hill–won the Silver Award in the Video In-Depth Reporting category. Wild Hope, co-produced with Part2 and Wild Elements, aired on public television stations across the U.S. this summer and was released on PBS Nature Digital and on the series’ hub

“It is an honor to be recognized by AAAS with the Kavli Award and by this community of respected science storytellers,”  said Jared Lipworth, Head of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. “The changemakers at the heart of Wild Hope inspire us to keep looking forward and to restore biodiversity one ecosystem at a time.”

Wild Hope highlights global stories of intrepid changemakers who are restoring and protecting our planet through hyper-local initiatives that generate measurable progress. Whether tapping oysters to clean New York Harbor, or growing coffee to save Mozambican rainforests, the series reveals how bold interventions and unexpected alliances can spark powerful change. With compelling storytelling, unforgettable characters and breathtaking cinematography, Wild Hope is an antidote to this era of ecological anxiety.

Three episodes from Wild Hope’s debut season were singled out by the judges: “The Big Oyster,” about efforts to enlist oysters to clean up New York Harbor; “The Beautiful Undammed,” highlighting the work of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to restore the Elwha River ecosystem after the removal of two dams; and “Woodpecker Wars” a collaboration between conservationists and the U.S. Army to protect the habitat of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker at Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg).

While climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions, biodiversity loss is local. Wild Hope highlights how individuals from diverse backgrounds—scientists, farmers, fishers, landowners, conservationists and activists among them—working toward a common goal can unleash a powerful ecological comeback. All episodes are available to stream on the series’ global storytelling hub, New episodes are rolling out through the fall.

This is Tangled Bank Studios’ fourth project to receive a AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, other films include “Your Inner Fish,” “The Farthest,” and “My Garden of a Thousand Bees.”

About HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a mission-driven production company that seeks to shine a light on some of the most significant scientific challenges and breakthroughs of our time. Recent films include Oscar-nominated  All That Breathes, the only film to win best documentary at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals; Emmy Award-winners The Serengeti Rules and The Farthest – Voyager In Space; Emmy-nominated Nature’s Fear Factor; and Peabody Award winner Inventing Tomorrow. To extend the reach and impact of each film, the studio undertakes educational and public outreach efforts in partnership with mission-focused organizations. For more information, please visit WWW.TANGLEDBANKSTUDIOS.ORG.


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