2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame: Dinah Voyles Pulver, Daytona daily newspaper environment writer

Headline Surfer® video / News-Journal reporter Dinah Voyles Pulver hobnobs with politicians after a County Council meeting in DeLand in 2015, where she was covering a story on clean-up efforts in several waterways. She's shown in the Frank T. Bruno, Jr. Council chambers with Councilman Joshua Wagner at far left, County Manager Jim Dinneen directly in front of her, County Chair Jason Davis and at-large Councilwoman Joyce Cusack. Below, Pulver is shown kayaking in the St. Johns River in Deltona. 
 
Hall of Fame / Headline SurferDinah Pulver / Headline SurferHeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 2017 Entrant: Dinah Voyles Pulver
Dinah Voyles Pulver is a dedicated award-winning investigative journalist with 25-plus years of experience with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, who provides in-depth investigative reporting on environmental issues (as well as aerospace, motorsports & the weather). She is the longest tenured reporter for the Gatehouse-owned daily newspaper. She also is a published book author and has extensive experience in social media, public speaking and event planning. 
 
Dinah Pulver kayaking / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The uncertain future of print media remains a challenge for the industry in the struggle to hold onto tradition while even internet news operations fight for acceptance as the drone of social media draws the masses.

But if there has been one constant in the uncertainty of the news business locally, it's Dinah Pulver, the longstanding environment reporter, who has chipped in to cover everything from NASCAR to Bike Week and the occasional chicken dinner festival. 

Regardless, she always finds her way back to the specialty beat she's carved out for herself over two-plus decades. And now Pulver is a officially enshrined in the inaugural Class of 2017 Headline Surfer® Hall of Fame, among the Top 100 recipients recognized by the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet as the best of the best in in Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties and beyond.

While newbie reporters have come and gone, Pulver has gone about her due diligence of educating the public locally on the importance of water quality -- not only drinking sources, but as the lifeline for countless species of wildlife, critters and aquatic life. 

Indeed of mankind, itself.

Pulver is a three-time recipient of the Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism, Florida’s highest award for environment writing.

She received the award in 2014, for her 5-day series on the crisis in the Indian River Lagoon. She has also received the Biff Lampton Communicator of the Year Award from the Florida Wildlife Federation and an outstanding journalist award from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.

As if that weren't enough to hang her writing credentials on, Pulver has written a book on Florida entrepreneurs.

Dinah Voyles Pulver is old-school in her approach to journalism, going to the news instead of waiting for it to come to her as has all too often become the norm in today's press-release journalism newsroom.

Dinah Voyles Pulver is old-school in her approach to journalism, going to the news instead of waiting for it to come to her as has all too often become the norm in today's press-release journalism newsroom.

Pat Rice, editor, Daytona Beach News-Journal / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Dinah Pulver wrote many of the News-Journal's 2016 Hurricane Matthew stories as shown on a wall display in the newsroom with Editor Pat Rice.

She knows how to put on that Southern charm to get reluctant sources to talk, whether it's seeking out the politicians behind the dais after a drawn-out meeting, a fisherman on the riverbank in the middle of a swamp or squinting through blood-shot eyes cause by thick smoke on the outskirts of a massive wildfire to bring the story home to readers.

Don Lindley, the former longtime executive editor of the Daytona Beach News-Journal described Pulver as a tenacious reporter with a solid grasp of environmental issues.

"As a writer, she is is adept at explaining complex scientific matters in terms readers understand," said Lindley, himself a former reporter who specialized in writing about the environment in Volusia and Flagler Counties in the 1970s and '80s, before moving up the editing ranks. Lindley, a well-respected writing coach, was among several hundred News-Journal employees let go when the newspaper changed ownership in 2012 under a court-supervised  sale after the Davidson-family-owned print newspaper was on the losing end of a federal lawsuit filed by its minority partner, Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. 

The newspaper was acquired by Halifax Media, which sold it last year to Gatehouse Media.

Lindley described Pulver, his prized student, as having an "an eye for detail, a knack for cultivating sources and a special ability to present divergent views in fair and balanced ways." 

Lindley continued, "Dinah is the only two-time winner of the coveted Waldo Proffitt award given annually for the best environmental writing by a Florida journalist. She also has demonstrated that high quality journalism can make a difference in the lives of people in the communities she covers. The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors recognized this a few years ago when they honored her series about threats to Florida's environment with the highest award in their annual contest, the gold medal for public service." 

Don Lindley,  former editor, Daytona Beach News-Journal / Headline SurferDon Lindley described Pulver, his prized student, as having an "an eye for detail, a knack for cultivating sources and a special ability to present divergent views in fair and balanced ways." 

Lindley, shown here, continued, "Dinah is the only two-time winner of the coveted Waldo Proffitt award given annually for the best environmental writing by a Florida journalist. She also has demonstrated that high quality journalism can make a difference in the lives of people in the communities she covers. The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors recognized this a few years ago when they honored her series about threats to Florida's environment with the highest award in their annual contest, the gold medal for public service." 

Dave Stafford, former metro desk chief and front page designer at the News-Journal, said Pulver is the "rare combination of tenacious watchdog journalist and genuinely kind person." 

Now managing editor at The Indiana Lawyer, Stafford said the breadth of Pulver's environmental reporting is remarkable.

"We share but two things: our humanity and our planet. Dinah has tirelessly let us know how we're doing, and how we're doing by the environment we share. She's a treasure to anyone who cherishes Florida's natural gifts.

Dve Stafford / Headline SurferDave Stafford, former metro desk chief and page 1 designer at the News-Journal, said Pulver is the "rare combination of tenacious watchdog journalist and genuinely kind person." 

Now managing editor at The Indiana Lawyer , Stafford, shown here, said the breadth of Pulver's environmental reporting is remarkable. 

"We share but two things: our humanity and our planet. Dinah has tirelessly let us know how we're doing, and how we're doing by the environment we share. She's a treasure to anyone who cherishes Florida's natural gifts.

Melanie Hanns, director of media relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a former Go-Do lifestyles editor at the News-Journal, described Pulver as "easily one of the most diligent and passionate writers I worked with in my 17 years in newspapers." 

There are few "reporters" that can sincerely be called "writers" first -- adding, "and Dinah is certainly one of those."

"Before I had the opportunity to work with her on several large projects, I was wow'd by how she could break down an intricate and complex topic into a story that anyone could understand and everyone needed to understand."

Hanns added, "When we did finally get the chance to work directly on a year-long environmental project, I was wow'd even more when I witnessed the process of how she does it. Using the word passionate again to describe her wouldn't be repetition, it would be simply more accurate." 

Melanie Hanns / Headline SurferMelanie Hanns, director of media relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a former Go-Do lifestyles editor at the newspaper, described Pulver as "easily one of the most diligent and passionate writers I worked with in my 17 years in newspapers." 

There are few "reporters" that can sincerely be called "writers" first -- adding, "and Dinah is certainly one of those," Hanns stressed. 

"Before I had the opportunity to work with her on several large projects, I was wow'd by how she could break down an intricate and complex topic into a story that anyone could understand and everyone needed to understand." Hanns, shown here, added, "When we did finally get the chance to work directly on a year-long environmental project, I was wow'd even more when I witnessed the process of how she does it. Using the word passionate again to describe her wouldn't be repetition, it would be simply more accurate."

Clay Henderson/ Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer /  Clay Henderson, an environmental attorney, is shown standing at right, speaking at a community meeting.He often is quoted in News-Journal repoter Dinah Pulver's in-depth stories on the environment.

Dinah Pulver's environmental stories are reinforced by credible quoted experts like Clay Henderson, an environmental attorney with Holland and Knight, LLP, and a New Smyrna Beach resident.

He was not available for comment because he is traveling on business, but his wife, Mary Jane Henderson, a private attorney and former county judge, was complimentary of Pulver's environmental reporting.

"Clay and I both have tremendous respect and admiration for Dinah, she said. "We do not know anyone who works harder than she does to make certain that her story is factually correct and balanced. Her writing is wonderful and she comports herself with the highest of journalistic ethics."

Clay Henderson is considered among Florida's brightest legal minds when it comes to safeguarding of the Sunshine State's environmental treasures, be it safe drinking water, preservation of land and protection of its habitat, including birds, mammals and aquatic life.

With that said, Mary Jane Henderson was asked the following by Headline Surfer: How important is it that your husband as source and Pulver as reporter can rely on one another to educate the public, to advocate for enforcement of wildlife and environmental preservation and Pulver's proven experience in writing about this aspect of public service journalism?

"I think the future health of our water supply, public spaces, air-quality, and environment is dependent upon a well educated public," Mary Jane Henderson said. "You cannot overstate the importance of having an ethical journalist and excellent writer such as Dinah staying focused on these issues and utilizing her relationship with one of the state's leading experts in these areas."

Asked to describe Clay Henderson as a source and vice versa, Mary Jane Henderson said Pulver "can rely on Clay to give her factually correct, scientifically accurate information. Clay knows that when Dinah is researching an issue, the information she puts forth in her articles will be correct. The public benefits from both of these things."

Asked to describe Clay Henderson as a source and vice versa, Mary Jane Henderson said Pulver "can rely on Clay to give her factually correct, scientifically accurate information. Clay knows that when Dinah is researching an issue, the information she puts forth in her articles will be correct. The public benefits from both of these things."

Biography: Dinah Voyles Pulver

Employer: Daytona Beach News-Journal
Daily newspaper of record for Volusia and Flagler counties
Experience: 1991 to present, longest-tenured reporter at the newspaper
Assigned Beat: Environment Writer
-- Investigative journalist and reporter, writing about water in all its stages -- from the ocean to Florida's springs -- including the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon, and a wide variety of environmental issues, such as land conservation, state government and species preservation.
• Also covers politics and motorsports (NASCAR on occasion) and help out when needed on other topics.
• Strong interest in Florida's Public Records and Government-in-the-Sunshine laws.
• Heavily involved in newspaper's social media efforts, including @NascarDaytona, Facebook & Instagram.
• Enjoys speaking to clubs and schools.
Prior beats at DBNJ: Reporter in DeLand and Southwest Volusia Bureau Chief in Orange City.
-- Covered health, business and West Volusia environment, including serving three years as a Southwest Volusia bureau chief, supervising two reporters and an editorial assistant.
Higher Education: Attended Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, Journalism, 1977-1978.
Favorite Quote: Something I'd like to remember by Dieter Uchtdorf: "We can spend our days obsessing about the finest details of life, the law, and long lists of things to do; but should we neglect the great commandments, we are missing the point and we are clouds without water, drifting in the winds, and trees without fruit." 
Common Sense Thought Shared in Social Media: Isn't it interesting to watch our Constitution in action -- nearly 240 years after it was drafted -- in an age our forefathers could hardly have comprehended? "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." But we probably need to work a little harder on that whole domestic tranquility thing...
Award-Winning Journalism of Dinah Voyles Pulver
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• 2017 HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame
Inaugural Class entrant
• 2016 Florida Press Club
Writing - Government News
• 2016 Florida Press Club
Writing - Environmental News
• 2015 Women Greening Journalism
Special recognition for environmental reporting
• 2014 Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism in Florida
“Troubled Water: The Indian River Lagoon in Peril”
• 2014 Florida Society of News Editors
Multimedia, First Place, "Troubled Water"
• 2013 Florida Planning and Zoning Association
Named Outstanding Journalist
• 2009 Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism in Florida
"Got Water?"
• 2009 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
Gold Medal for Public Service - "Got Water?"
• 2009 Florida Press Club
Environmental Writing, First Place
• 2008 Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism in Florida
"Our Natural Treasures"
• 2008 Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment
Award of Special Merit - "Our Natural Treasures: Are We Losing Our Way?"
• 2008 Florida Press Club
Environmental Writing, First Place
• 2008 Florida Wildlife Federation
Biff Lampton Communicator of the Year Award
• 2007 Florida Press Club
Environmental Writing, First Place
• 2003 Florida Press Club
Environmental Writing, Second Place
• 2002 Florida Society of News Editors
Explanatory, First Place, “Uncharted Waters”
Published Book:
The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Become: The Bernie Simpkins Story
Paperback, 214 pages – 2008
By Dinah Voyles Pulver and EL Wilks
Publisher: Legacies & Memories (2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0975953338
ISBN-13: 978-0975953334
Synopsis: Bernie Simpkins is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Become is the story of his life and how he built multi-million dollar businesses, and it is both inspiring and helpful to anyone who wants to know what it takes to be successful in business and in life.
Personal:
Raised: Chiefland, FL
Residence: DeBary, FL
Family: Married with 3 children.
Contact: 
Personal Email: dinahpulver@hotmail.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dinah-voyles-pulver-b6019710
Phone (work): 386-681-2562
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