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Polk Awards at a Glance

LIU Announces 2012 George Polk Awards in Journalism


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

Political Reporting

David Corn of Mother Jones for coverage of Mitt Romney “47 percent” remarks.
Mother Jones: 47% Story

Foreign Reporting

Bloomberg News for coverage of China’s political elite.
Bloomberg News: “China Betrayed”

David Barboza of The New York Times for coverage of China’s political elite.
The New York Times: “The Princelings”

Television News

CBS News correspondent Holly Williams and cameraman Andrew Portch for coverage of Chinese human rights campaigner Chen Guangcheng.
CBS News: Coverage of Chinese human rights campaigner (1)
CBS News: Coverage of Chinese human rights campaigner (2)

War Reporting

David Enders, Austin Tice and the staff of McClatchy Newspapers for chronicling the complexities of the civil war in Syria.
McClatchy. McClatchy Newspapers: “Inside Syria”

Video Reporting

Tracey Shelton of GlobalPost for compelling journalism that put a human face on the conflict in Syria.
GlobalPost: “Inside Syria”

National Reporting

John Hechinger and Janet Lorin of Bloomberg for an extraordinary yearlong series of articles that exposed abuses in higher education finance.
Bloomberg News: “Indentured Students”

Local Reporting

Gina Barton of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for an investigative report about the death of Derek Williams in police custody.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A Death in Police Custody

Magazine Reporting

Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker for coverage of law enforcement’s unregulated use of teens as confidential informants in the war on drugs.
The New Yorker: “The Throwaways”

Justice Reporting

Sam Dolnick of The New York Times for exposing the shocking failings of New Jersey’s halfway house system.
The New York Times: “Unlocked”

State Reporting

Ryan Gabrielson of California Watch for exposing how a special police force for developmental centers was failing to solve crimes against the disabled residents.
California Watch: “Broken Shield”

Medical Reporting

Peter Whoriskey of The Washington Post for “Biased Research, Big Profits,” a series of four articles about Big Pharma’s excesses.
The Washington Post: “Biased Research, Big Profits”

Business Reporting

David Barstow of The New York Times and Mexican reporter Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab for showing how Walmart fueled its overseas growth through bribes.
The New York Times: “Wal-Mart Abroad”

Education Reporting

Colin Woodard of the Maine Sunday Telegram for detailing how large for-profit online education companies are steering development of the state’s digital education policies.
Maine Sunday Telegram: “The Profit Motive”

Documentary Television Reporting

FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith and producer Michael Kirk for “Money, Power and Wall Street,” an inside look into the global economic crisis.
Frontline: “Money, Power and Wall Street”

On Wednesday, April 10, the annual George Polk Seminar, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn, located at the intersection of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues in downtown Brooklyn. A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede a 6:30 p.m. panel discussion. The seminar, entitled “A Revolution Betrayed: Covering Corruption and Human Rights in China,” will include David Barboza of The New York Times and Holly Williams of CBS News.

On Thursday, April 11, LIU 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). A poster exhibit displaying work by the 2012 Polk Award winners will commence at 11 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 LIU’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 selects 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 LIU
In its ninth decade of providing access to the American dream through excellence in higher education, LIU is a multicampus, diverse, doctoral institution of higher learning. One of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country, the University offers nearly 500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates over 24,000* students in degree-credit and continuing education programs in Brooklyn, Brookville (LIU Post), Brentwood, Riverhead, and Rockland and Westchester (LIU Hudson). Other academic units include LIU Pharmacy (the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), which prepares students for successful careers in the fields of pharmacy and health care; LIU Global, which provides a wide range of study abroad options at overseas centers in China, Costa Rica and India, and through programs in Australia, Ecuador, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey; and LIU Online, which harnesses the latest technology to offer online and blended programs.

LIU’s 622 full-time faculty members provide outstanding instruction, which is supplemented by internships and cooperative education opportunities. The accomplishments of more than 191,000 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 institution also provides enrichment for students and the community through the world-class arts programming at LIU Tilles Center, NCAA Division I and II athletic teams and the nationally renowned George Polk Awards in journalism.

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

LIU Brooklyn 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 02/17/2013

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