The third Giraffe in the seven newly commended heroes: a young reporter who actually thought he should alert his community to a serious threat to their safety and well-being. You may think of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People when you see how that community reacted.

As long as there are Giraffes, there's hope. 

~Ann Medlock, Founder~Giraffe Heroes Project
A newly commended Giraffe Hero 

Bob Bajek, a reporter on a small-town newspaper in Illinois, came up with a Big Story: the town's recreational lake, where residents fished, swam, and boated, was highly toxic--a now defunct military base had dumped Agent Orange in the water. He also found that the area's air had been polluted; the town had burned some buildings on the base that were full of asbestos. OK, then there's the ground water--dangerous chemicals used on the base have seeped into underground water deposits. Did the town demand a clean-up? Try cover-up. Bajek was fired for "making the town look bad." He still has the idea that a reporter's duty is to report the truth--and to be on the side of public health and safety.

Some things you can do now
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