Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter for The Times-Picayune, has been a member of reporting teams that produced five major series during the past 10 years. In March of this year, Schleifstein was one of the lead reporters on the five-day, 50-page series entitled "Unequal Opportunity: How local programs to help disadvantaged businesses are enriching wealthy entrepreneurs." The series was a finalist for the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers. A 1996 eight-day, 56-page series — "Oceans of Trouble: Are the World's Fisheries Doomed?" — won the1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service from the Society of Professional Journalists. The 1997 five-day, 48-page series entitled "Home Wreckers: How the Formosan termite is devastating New Orleans," was a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and won first place in the 1998 American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Journalism Awards and the American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award for 1999. The 1994 series entitled "Stacking the Deck: The Birth of Louisiana Gambling," detailing how Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, his friends, family and political associates influenced the state's gambling industry, won the 1995 Associated Press Managing Editors award for public service journalism, the 1995 Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, and the 1995 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. In 1991, the four-part, 56-page series entitled "Louisiana in Peril," which outlined the state's environmental problems, won the 1992 Edward J. Meeman Award for environmental journalism, and was a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. Schleifstein, 51, joined The Times-Picayune in 1984. Earlier, he worked for the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger, the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot, and the Suffolk, Va., News-Herald.