reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Rust was born and raised in Briarcliff Manor, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College. After doing field research in biological anthropology and working as a fisheries biologist, she began her journalism career in 2003 as a science reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, covering the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, civil engineering in Rwanda, and sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica. In 2009, she and a colleague were Pulitzer finalists for investigative reporting, “for their powerful revelations that the government was failing to protect the public from dangerous chemicals in everyday products, such as some ‘microwave-safe’ containers, stirring action by Congress and federal agencies.” Their investigation of the chemical industry and its influence on U.S. regulations and policies also earned the team a George Polk award, a John B. Oakes award for distinguished environmental reporting, a Scripps Howard National Journalism award, and a Grantham award of special merit. In 2008, the team won a Sigma Delta Chi, an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, as well as an honorable mention from the Barlett and Steele award. The team was also featured on the Bill Moyer’s Journal show, “Expose.”
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