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Polk Awards’ Steinberg Seminar at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater April 10

Three Polk Award winners discuss high-level corruption and human rights in China


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

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Long Island University’s annual George Polk Awards’ Steinberg Seminar — newly named this year to honor the work of retiring LIU President David J. Steinberg — takes place Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts.

This year’s seminar, entitled “A Revolution Betrayed: Covering Corruption and Human Rights in China,” features three 2012 George Polk Award in Journalism winners, all of whom have been honored for groundbreaking reporting on high-level corruption in China.

Author and longtime New York Times journalist John Darnton, curator of the Polk Awards, will moderate a panel discussion with Holly Williams of CBS News, David Barboza of The New York Times and Wenxin Fan of Bloomberg News.

A reception at 5:30 p.m. will precede the free event, which is open to the public. Kumble Theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Williams and cameraman Andrew Portch earned the Polk Award for Television News Reporting for coverage of Chinese human rights campaigner, Chen Guangcheng, who escaped China after years of being under house arrest for exposing the forced abortions that are sometimes ordered to enforce China’s one-child per family policy.

Barboza and Fan each received the Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for separate investigative reports that untangled the financial holdings of China’s political elite and uncovered corruption in China.

For a complete listing of the Polk Award winners named in February, visit

The Polk Awards committee changed the name of the seminar to honor Dr. Steinberg, who is retiring this summer after 27 years of visionary leadership at LIU.
“Dr. Steinberg has been a champion of the George Polk Awards from his first days in office. He believes in quality journalism as a force in shaping a democratic society,” Darnton said. “But beyond that, he’s taken pains to make sure that the awards rebound to the benefit of LIU students. Having winners appear on campus to explain how they go about their investigative work is only one example of this.”

The 2012 George Polk Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 11, during a noon luncheon hosted by Long Island University at The Roosevelt Hotel, located in Manhattan at 45 East 45th Street (at the corner of Madison Avenue). CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein will be the citation readers at the event.

A poster exhibit displaying work produced by the Polk Award winners will commence at 11 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available. For reservations to attend the April 10 seminar and for tickets to the April 11 luncheon, please contact LIU’s Office of Special Events at (516) 299-3298.

Visit for further information on the 2012 George Polk Awards in Journalism.

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.

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Posted 04/10/2013

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