Bob Marshall is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered the people, stories and environmental issues of Louisiana’s wetlands for more than 35 years for The Times-Picayune, the New Orleans newspaper, as well as for national publications. He now writes for The Lens. An avid outdoorsman, he has spent much of his adult life in the marshes and swamps of South Louisiana, charting the demise of wetlands he calls “my office and playground.”
In 1996 he was co-author of the Pulitzer-winning series “Oceans of Trouble,” examining the plight of the world’s fisheries and the decline of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. In 2005 he investigated the missteps in building the New Orleans levees and floodwalls that caused 80% of New Orleans to flood during and after Hurricane Katrina, part of the package that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
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 top awards from Columbia University and the National Academies of Sciences.