WisconsinWatch.org Intern, SJMC Student Featured on Frac Sand Panels

Kate Prengaman, a reporter-intern for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a graduate student at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was tapped to speak to two groups in Wisconsin this week about frac sand mining.

Prengaman has been on the frac sand beat since she was assigned this spring to follow up the Center’s previous coverage of the frac sand rush in Wisconsin. Much of her work has been devoted to keeping tabs on where all the sand mines are and what their status is. She created a comprehensive map and list of sand mines in Wisconsin that has become a resource for residents, real estate agents, sand miners, consultants, investors, activists and state and local governments.

Prengaman spoke on Tuesday morning to the Waters of Wisconsin, a leadership conference to develop long-term strategies to address the most pressing issues facing Wisconsin’s fresh water. It was convened by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters and the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

That evening, Prengaman spoke at the public Nelson Institute Community Environmental Forum on frac sand mining, along with Rich Budinger of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association and Thomas Pearson, an assistant professor in social science at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Interested UW-Madison journalism students may apply for paid internships at the Center. Two interns are being hired for the summer. Applications are due Dec. 1.