An award winning journalist and conservationist, Anderson is an outdoor columnist and editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In 1982, he served as a principle founder and first national chairperson for Pheasants Forever, a wildlife habitat and conservation organization that now has more than 125,000 members in the United States and Canada. In 2008, he played a major role in the passage of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.
Anderson’s nominators state, “Dennis has educated and informed literally thousands of Minnesota and regional citizens about conservation and natural resource management…the impact of his writing transcends sitting at a keyboard and describing fishing, or hunting, or outdoor pursuits. He is a practitioner of conservation biology and natural resource management. He educates the public around the issues of habitats, species that live in those habitats, and the potential for strengthening such habitats.”
After earning a degree in English at Morris, Dennis Anderson ’73 completed a master of arts in journalism at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His honors include a Pulitzer Prize finalist for specialized reporting, a Scripps Howard Foundation Best Conservation Reporting in a Major Newspaper Award, a national Associated Press Sports Editor Award for investigative reporting, twice winner of the Frank Premack Award for best public affairs reporting, and twice winner of the Twin Cities Best Newspaper Columnist Award.
(From the 2010 news story)