2016 George Polk Awards

Submissions for Polk Awards for work completed during the 2016 calendar year will be accepted from
October 15, 2016 through January 6, 2017.

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For over 60 years, LIU has been the proud home of the George Polk Awards in Journalism, the first major award of its kind to recognize reporting across all media. This prestigious honor focuses on the intrepid, bold, and influential work of the reporters themselves, placing a premium on investigative work that is original, resourceful, and thought-provoking. Among the many journalism greats who are Polk laureates are Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Norman Mailer, Diane Sawyer, Seymour Hersh, Glenn Greenwald, and more. 

2015 George Polk Awards

April 8, 2016
The Grand Hyatt, NYC

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2015 David J. Steinberg Seminar

April 7, 2016
The Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn

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Honoring Intrepid Reporters

The George Polk awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. Winners are chosen from newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news organizations. Judges place a premium on investigative work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results.

George Polk Awards 2016

"LIU’s George Polk Awards highlights the continued relevance of high-quality journalism and how those individuals seek to improve communities and impact the daily lives of many. The Long Island University community is honored to recognize the skilled and dedicated journalists who create endless opportunities to access information and news from around the globe."

Eric Krasnoff, chairman of the Board of Trustees

Legacy of George Polk

In May 1948, while covering the civil war in Greece between the authoritarian government and the communists, CBS correspondent George Polk's body turned up floating in a bay, hands and feet bound, shot at point-blank range in the head.

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Panel of Advisors

John Darnton, Curator
Ralph Engelman, Faculty Coordinator

Lawrence Altman
Larry Bensky
Bergman Lowell
Carl Bernstein
Donald Bird
Ralph Blumenthal
C.J. Chivers
Stephen Engelberg
Karen Frillman
Juan Gonzalez
Martin Gottlieb
Bob Herbert
Seymour Hersh
Edward Hershey
Len Hollie
Alex Jones
Abby Kenigsberg
Jennifer 8. Lee
Joseph Lelyveld
Charles Lewis
Elizabeth Llorente
David S.C. Liu
John Marshall
Jane Mayer
Melvin McCray
David Medina
Peter Osnos
Jennifer Rauch
Frank Rich
Gene Roberts
Robert Rosenthal
Paul Salopek
Ellen Schultz
Rhonda Schwartz
Adam Seesel
Stephen B. Shepard
E.R. Shipp
Curtis Stephen
Ray Suarez
A.C. Thompson

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Attn: Ralph Engelman
The George Polk Awards

Event Information:

Rita Iosefson
Project Manager

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