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Long Island University Announces Winners of 2010 George Polk Awards in Journalism


Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University

George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting

Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone for “The Runaway General,” a history-making piece that prompted President Obama’s dismissal of U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting

The Associated Press for its coverage of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting

Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times for their courageous coverage of corruption and the abuse of power in Russia.

George Polk Award for National Reporting

Dana Priest and William M. Arkin of The Washington Post for “Top Secret America,” an investigative report that detailed the enormous ecosystem of military, intelligence and corporate interests spawned in the decade after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

George Polk Award for Local Reporting

Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives and a group of other staff writers at the Los Angeles Times for their explosive coverage of the working-class city of Bell.

George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting

Amy Brittain and Mark Mueller of The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) for a series that revealed rampant steroid use and fraud among cops and firefighters in New Jersey.

George Polk Award for Education Reporting

Dan Golden, John Hechinger and John Lauerman of Bloomberg News for “Education Inc.,” a series of scathing reports on the for-profit college industry.

George Polk Award for Criminal Justice Reporting

John Diedrich and Ben Poston of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for “Wiped Clean,” a series that uncovered how infrequently the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revoked the licenses of lawbreaking gun dealers.

George Polk Award for Military Reporting

Dexter Filkins and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times for a behind-the-scenes look at the war in Afghanistan.

George Polk Award for Commentary

New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez for columns that exposed a major scandal in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration.

George Polk Award for Radio Reporting

T. Christian Miller of ProPublica and Daniel Zwerdling and Susanne Reber of National Public Radio for a collaborative effort that found the U.S. military was falling woefully short in treating soldiers who suffered from traumatic brain injuries.

George Polk Award for Television Reporting

A.C. Thompson of ProPublica, Raney Aronson-Rath and Tom Jennings of PBS’ “Frontline” and Laura Maggi and Brendan McCarthy of The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.) for “Law and Disorder,” which examined brutal actions taken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

George Polk Career Award

Sandy Close, executive director of New America Media, an alternative news source that supports thousands of ethnic media outlets. In 2007, Ms. Close organized the Chauncey Bailey Project, a team of reporters whose investigative work led Oakland police to arrest those responsible for killing Mr. Bailey, who was a Polk Award-winning journalist.

Winners of the George Polk Awards are picked by a committee of jurors made up of Long Island University faculty members and alumni. They select the winners from entries submitted by journalists and news organizations and nominations made by a panel of reporters and editors. The group includes some past Polk Award recipients. For more information, visit the George Polk Awards Web site at

On Wednesday, April 6, the annual George Polk Seminar, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, located at the intersection of DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush Avenue in downtown Brooklyn. A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede a panel discussion, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. The seminar, entitled “Piercing the Veil of Secrecy,” will feature Washington Post correspondent Dana Priest, winner of the 2010 George Polk Award for National Reporting; A.C. Thompson of ProPublica, who earned the 2010 George Polk Award for Television Reporting; and Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings, recipient of the 2010 George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.

On Thursday, April 7, Long Island University will host the George Polk Awards Luncheon at noon at The Roosevelt Hotel, located in Manhattan at 45 East 45th Street (at the corner of Madison Avenue). Associated Press correspondent Kimberly Dozier will be the citation reader. A poster exhibit displaying work by the Polk Award winners will commence at 11:00 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available.

For reservations to attend the George Polk Seminar and for tickets to the George Polk Awards Luncheon, please contact Long Island University’s Office of Special Events at 516-299-3298 or e-mail

George Polk Awards
Ranked among America's most coveted journalism honors, the George Polk Awards have been administered by Long Island University since 1949.They memorialize CBS correspondent George W. Polk, who was slain covering the civil war in Greece in 1948. A committee of jurors made up of University faculty members and alumni select the winners from entries submitted by journalists and news organizations as well as nominations made by a panel of journalists and editors, including a number of former winners.

About Long Island University
In its ninth decade of providing access to the American dream through excellence in higher education, Long Island University is a multicampus, diverse, doctoral institution of higher learning. One of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country, Long Island University offers more than 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates over 24,000* students in degree-credit and continuing education programs in Brooklyn, Brookville (C.W. Post), Brentwood, Riverhead, Rockland and Westchester. The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences prepares students for successful careers in the fields of pharmacy and health care. The University’s Global College provides a wide range of study abroad options at overseas centers in China, Costa Rica and India, and through program offerings in Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. Long Island University’s more than 600 full-time faculty members provide outstanding instruction, which is supplemented by internships and cooperative education opportunities. The accomplishments of more than 182,000 living alumni are a testament to the success of its mission – providing the highest level of education to people from all walks of life. The University’s NCAA Division I and II athletic teams, nationally renowned George Polk Awards in journalism and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts provide enrichment for students and the community.

*This number includes high school students enrolled in one or more degree-credit courses.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 02/22/2011

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