“The parents and grandparents of the people in St. Louis are the big heroes,” Bob Wyss said. “They looked at a problem and they resolved it, and they should be credited for what they did.”
Bob Wyss, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut, created a blog called, “A Coal Black Sky.” The blog is the story of how St. Louis overcame an air pollution problem in the late 1930s and early 1940s that was so intense the street lights had to be lit during the day due to coal smoke.
Wyss started the blog after running across information about The St. Louis Post-Dispatch winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1941 for public service for its crusading reporting on coal pollution. “It’s really the first time a major award was given to a story that was purely an environmental story, and not only an environmental story, but an environmental pollution story.
Wyss is this week’s guest on “Behind The Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan. Wyss and Corrigan discuss environmental information and more about the history and stories from “A Coal Black Sky.”
To hear the podcast interview with Bob Wyss, click on the link below.