Judy Benson covers health, science and the environment. In 2006 she was named the New England Press Association Journalist of the Year. She has won numerous other awards, including a first place for health care reporting in 2010 from the New England Newspaper and Press Association, first place for general reporting for health care series from the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, first place for environmental reporting for a climate change series in 2009 from NENPA and first place for environmental reporting in 2008 from the New England Press Association. She has attended a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship on medical evidence at MIT and the New York Times Institute on Environmental Reporting, and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Association of Health Care Journalists. Currently she is enrolled as a part-time student a master’s degree program in natural resources/water resources at the University of Connecticut. Before starting her current beat in 2003, she covered education and New London city government.