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DFW Coughs Up Its Last Environmental Beat Journalist

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A Friend of Unfair Park sends word today that Scott Streater, who's done important, top-notch and well-circulated work covering the environmental beat for both the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and its Planet DFW blog, is shuffling off to Colorado, where his missus got a new gig. Streater, who's been feted by the Society of Environmental Journalists, tells Unfair Park today he'll continue to freelance for the paper, but he won't be replaced -- leaving the smog-choked readers of local dailies to fend for ourselves.

Notes our environmentally minded Friend: "The Dallas Morning News has not had a full time environmental reporter since Randy Lee Loftis became an editor several years ago. Channel 8 fired the last TV environmental beat reporter, Don Wall, about the same time. I guess this means all of our environmental problems must be solved."

Huzz ... cough, cough, cough.

Jim Schermbeck, on the board of Downwinders At Risk, tells UP of the paper's decision not to replace Streater: "This is a very short-sighted decision with lots of serious long-term consequences. Right now, with everything we know -- and everything we don't -- it's like eliminating the cop shop reporter, or the city hall reporter... oh, wait. Anyway, not having a full-time watchdog on these issues will cost us money and health." --Robert Wilonsky

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