When the world is consumed with football games, blackouts and Beyoncé, Journal science reporter John Fleck can be found tweeting about water issues.
It is perhaps that dedication that landed Fleck this year’s Earth Science Achievement Award “for outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in the areas of public service and public policy.”
The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, along with the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, presented Fleck with a plaque at the state Roundhouse on Monday.
Fleck is believed to be the first journalist to get the award.
He said the award was flattering because it came from scientists, which makes his work validating.
“I was amazed. Several of my best sources are previous award winners,” he said.
Fleck, who also covered science for the Pasadena Star-News in California, joined the Journal in 1990 and has covered water issues — especially the state’s drought this year — in the paper, through his blog and on Twitter, where he has more than 3,700 followers.