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Tompkins Deserves Award
It is satisfying to finally see one of the toughest, most dogged, courageous, obstinate defenders of the Texas outdoors get his just recognition. Michael Furtman got it right when he said, “… he covers natural resources like no one else in
the state, and few in the nation.” I know there were times when upper level state conservation and environmental officials were uncomfortable with Shannon’s blunt reporting — reporting that stemmed from his boots on the ground approach to journalism.
I have been aware of Shannon Tompkin’s dedication to the truth in the outdoors for more than thirty years. My appreciation to the Circle of Chiefs, and congratulations to my friend, Shannon Tompkins.
— Sam Caldwell, Kingwood, Texas