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LIU Announces Winners of 2011 George Polk Awards in Journalism


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

George Polk Award for Sports Reporting

Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News for coverage of the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

George Polk Award for Television Documentary

Reporter May Ying Welsh and field producer Hassan Mahfood of Al Jazeera English for "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark."

George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker for "The Secret Sharer," an exposé that called to the ominous story of National Security Agency employee Thomas Drake.

George Polk Award for Military Reporting

C.J. Chivers of The New York Times for coverage of the conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan.

George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting

Reporter Jeffrey Gettleman and photographer Tyler Hicks of The New York Times for coverage of Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting

Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Chris Hawley and Eileen Sullivan of the Associated Press for a story about intelligence operations in the New York Police Department.

George Polk Award for National Reporting

The staff of The Wall Street Journal for a yearlong series that exposed new ways of insider trading.

George Polk Award for Local Reporting

A.M. Sheehan and Matt Hongoltz-Hetling of the Advertiser Democrat (Norway, Maine) for their report on abysmal conditions in subsidized housing.

George Polk Award for International Reporting

Ben Elgin, Alan Katz and Vernon Silver of Bloomberg News for coverage that revealed the extent to which Western companies have sold surveillance technologies to repressive regimes.

George Polk Award for Medical Reporting

Lance Williams, Christina Jewett and Stephen K. Doig of California Watch, a nonprofit investigative reporting group, for an illuminating report on Medicare billing by a California hospital chain.

George Polk Award for Television Reporting

Brian Ross and Anna Schecter of ABC News 20/20 for "Peace Corps: A Trust Betrayed."

George Polk Award for Legal Reporting

Thomas Farragher, Marcella Bombardieri, Jonathan Saltzman, Matt Carroll and Darren Durlach of The Boston Globe for coverage of the extraordinary acquittal rate in drunk driving cases in Massachusetts.

George Polk Award for Radio Reporting

Ira Glass of This American Life, a nonprofit investigative reporting group, for "Very Tough Love," a report on the alarming rate of punitive punishments being ordered by a county drug court judge in Georgia.

George Polk Career Award

Ronnie Dugger, founding editor of The Texas Observer and co-founder of the Alliance for Democracy.

George Polk special award for valor (posthumously)

Anthony Shadid, New York Times correspondent based in the Middle East. Shadid died Thursday, February 16, 2012, on assignment in Syria while covering the uprising against that country’s president.

Winners of the George Polk Awards are picked by a committee of jurors made up of LIU 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 past Polk Award recipients. For more information, visit the George Polk Awards Web site at

On Wednesday, April 4, 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 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 "Getting the Unforgettable Story," will feature four 2011 George Polk Award winners: Jane Mayer of The New Yorker, winner of the Magazine Reporting award; May Ying Welsh of Al Jazeera English, winner of the Television Documentary award; C.J. Chivers of The New York Times, winner of the Military Reporting award; and Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., winner of the Sports Reporting Award. George Polk Awards Curator John Darnton will moderate the event.

On Thursday, April 5, 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 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 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 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 more than 575 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates over 23,000* 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 more than 630 full-time faculty members provide outstanding instruction, which is supplemented by internships and cooperative education opportunities. The accomplishments of nearly 185,000 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 02/20/2012

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