Lebovits' proposal was one of four selected by a distinguished panel
of adjudicators. The grant was conceived and designed to provide resources to a diminished local press corps for in-depth reporting on health and human services subjects.
Rachel Dissell and Ginger Christ of the Plain Dealer, Jess Hardin of the Youngstown Vindicator and Betty Lin-Fisher of the Akron Beacon Journal also won awards.
Lebovits is a doctoral candidate at CSU's Levin School of Urban Affairs. She has been writing about urban and suburban issues — including the nittiest and grittiest policy analysis — for Scene through 2019. She has instantly raised the profile of this spastic news and entertainment weekly.
"In this region, there are countless environmental justice stories that need to be told," Lebovits wrote in a statement provided to Scene. "I’m grateful for the support from the Center for Community Solutions, which will allow us at Cleveland Scene to cover some of the most pressing environmental justice concerns."
Some of those pressing concerns aren't necessarily the most well-known, according to Lebovits. She plans to dive into stories about water pollution in the suburbs, air and water pollution caused by construction work near public housing projects, and equity issues caused by deficient infrastructure at the region's public utilities.
Scene Senior Writer Sam Allard will assist on some of the above. The grant dollars will be used chiefly for Lebovits' time and work on the reporting, but will also subsidize research and travel costs as she digs into these important topics.
Said Scene editor Vince Grzegorek, when reached for comment about Lebovits' successful grant application:
"We need all the money we can get in this shit business, and we appreciate that the Center for Community Solutions put the effort and resources into making this happen. I have no doubt that Hannah will return dividends on this investment for the Center and Scene, and, more importantly, for citizens of Northeast Ohio who live with the effects of environmental damage on a daily basis."
Scene contributor Hannah Lebovits has been awarded a $3,000 reporting grant by the Center for Community Solutions to cover environmental justice issues in Northeast Ohio.