Bob Marshall is The Times-Picayune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has spent much of his career chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana’s wetlands culture. Although best known as the former outdoors editor of the newspaper, Marshall’s 35-year career includes extensive work as a reporter and columnist covering professional, college and Olympics sports, feature writing, op-ed columns, and special projects specializing in environmental issues.
In 1997 Marshall was a member of the T-P’s three-man team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the series “Oceans of Trouble” which examined the plight of the world’s fisheries.
In 2005 Marshall’s investigations into Corps of Engineers missteps in building the New Orleans levees and floodwalls was part of the T-P reporting package that won the Pulitzer for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Marshall was a finalist for the Investigative Editors and Reporters award and the Polk Award for his on-going coverage into the causes of the disaster.
In 2007 Marshall was co-author of the series entitled “Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast,” about Louisiana’s coastal erosion problems, which won the 2007 John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University.
Marshall’s other national and regional awards for journalism include top honors from the Associated Press, United Press International, Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters and the Pro Football Writers of America, Outdoor Writers Association of America, Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, and Southeastern Outdoors Press Association. His environmental reporting and essays have also earned recognition form a wide range of conservation and environmental groups, and including Conservationist of the Year awards from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. And in 2004 Marshall was elected to the Circle of Chiefs by the OWAA, that group’s highest award for contributions to conservation.
In addition to his newspaper work, Marshall’s professional credits include his current assignment as conservation editor for Field&Stream Magazine, and terms as South region editor of Field&Stream; South columnist of Outdoor Life Magazine; host of the F&S Radio Network; co-host of ESPN’s The Outdoors Writers and feature assignments for a wide range of national publications from Men’s Journal and Reader’s Digest to National Geographic Adventure.
Marshall covers environmental issues for The Lens, with a special focus on coastal restoration and wetlands. While at The Times-Picayune, his work chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana’s wetlands was recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes, the John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University, the Keck Award for best science reporting from The National Academies of Sciences, and top honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press, United Press International and Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards.
In 2012 Marshall was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Loyola University School of Communications Den of Distinction. Since 2008 he has been the journalism instructor at the iei Media summer program at the University of Urbino, Italy.
Marshall lives in New Orleans with his wife, Marie Gould, founder of Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Education Tours.