Ray Reece was a teacher, journalist, activist and author.
Ray Reece was a major force in many environmental issues that faced Austin in the 1970’s through the 1990’s, including City of Austin energy policies, the development of parkland along the shores of Town Lake (now known as Lady Bird Lake) and the relocation of the Austin airport to the former Bergstrom Air Force Base.
Ray Reece passed away in January of 2018 at the age of 76. Because of his steadfast belief in the necessity of sustainable development and the power of the written word to change the world, Ray Reece provided a financial gift to encourage and reward excellence in environmental journalism through the creation of the Ray Reece Environmental Journalism Foundation.
The first Ray Reece “Excellence in Environmental Journalism” Student Award for environmental reporting by undergraduate, graduate and high-school students was awarded in 2019 by the Society for Environmental Journalists at their annual conference. This annual award honors the work of student journalists for content available to the general public and includes travel and registration costs for first, second and third-place winners or selected representatives in cases of group projects.